INHS - Manuals

Illinois Natural History Survey Manuals, (includes field guides, field books, and field manuals), have been published at irregular intervals since 1936. These manuals are field guides that provide detailed descriptions and illustrations of a particular group of organisms, e.g., mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, freshwater mussels, etc. INHS Manuals should fit into a jacket or coat pocket when used in the field. They offer complete species descriptions, including natural history, distribution, and status. Nature lovers, ranging from professional scientists to school children, can make use of these books.

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The INHS Manual 09: Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois is out of print and the new extended edition is INHS Manual 14.

INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest

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INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest
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Authors: Taylor, Christopher A., Schuster, Guenter A., Wylie, Dan B.
2015, 164 pp.

The Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest is the most up to date reference available for the identification of crayfishes found in aquatic habitats across the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, northern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Field Guide also includes: distribution maps; a dichotomous and identification key; general information on crayfish biology, conservation, and collecting techniques;and species-specific information on habitat, key identification features, and conservation notes for all species found in this region.

     


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You may also enjoy: Spiral Bound Dichotomous Key to Crayfishes of the Midwest

The spiral bound dichotomous key to Crayfishes of the Midwest is a slightly larger version of the same key found in INHS Manual 15, but lays flat for easy use at a micrscope.


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INHS Manual 14: Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide
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Authors: Jeffords, Michael R., Post, Susan L., and Wiker, James R.
2014, 440 p.

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide contains descriptions, field photos, and life-size specimen photos of all Illinois’ butterfly species. It also includes:

  • easy-to-use identification quick guides depicting the tops and undersides of all butterfly species,
  • background information and photos on butterfly life cycles, habitats, and ecology,
  • Illinois range maps and adult flight periods,
  • key characteristics relevant to field identification,
  • descriptions of species that only rarely are seen in Illinois or that reside in adjacent states that could occur in Illinois,
  • and supplemental information on various species (collection records, rare sightings, and other information that may be of interest to the butterfly enthusiast).

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INHS Manual 13: Field Guide to the Sphinx Moths of Illinois
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Authors: R. Wiker, James G. Sternburg and John K. Bouseman
2010, 155 p.

Most of us, whether aware of it or not, have had an encounter with a Sphinx Moth. Whether fighting their caterpillars in gardens as they devour the foliage of our tomato plants and grape vines, marveling at their ability to fly like a Hummingbird in all directions as they sip nectar from the flowers along our walkways, or just being amazed at the often beautiful colors and intricate geometric shaped wings of one that landed near a porch light overnight, these beautiful insects are always around us, waiting to be discovered and appreciated This guide treats all species known to have been found and those likely to be found in Illinois and surrounding states. Anatomical drawings, colorful sketches, and abundant color photographs illustrate sphinx moth anatomy, pupation, and species characteristics. As with any facet of science, there is always more work to be done. During the writing of this book, we succeeded in documenting a large breeding population of the Cypress Sphinx in Illinois. No doubt, at some point in the future, one or both Pine Sphinx species will be found as well.

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Field Manual of Illinois Mammals
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INHS Manual 12: Field Manual of Illinois Mammals

Author: Joyce Hofmann
2008, 358 p.

How many mammal species live in Illinois? It depends on who’s counting. Sixty species are described in this book; each illustrated with a color drawing by artist Aleta Holt. This wonderful publication also contains dichotomous keys, species accounts, taxonomy, measurements, skull photographs, signs (generalized shapes of front and hind tracks and scat illustrations), and distribution maps. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

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Field Guide to the Skipper Butterflies of Illinois
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INHS Manual 11: Field Guide to The Skipper Butterflies of Illinois

Authors: J.K. Bouseman, J.G. Sternburg, and J.R. Wiker
2006, 200 p.

The main purpose of this field guide is to enable the user to identify, to species, any skipper found within the borders of the state of Illinois. The authors also hope that the abundant references will encourage readers to sample more of the opportunities available to learn about skippers, and related topics.

The skippers, classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea, and the “true butterflies” of the superfamily Papilionoidea are clearly related. There are significant differences in the anatomical characteristics – in the skippers’ large head and hooked antennae, in their wing venation, and in their stout bodies with relatively short wings. The book is filled with color photos in the species accounts to aid in identification. This guide was a natural next step after our publication of Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois and Field Guide to Silkmoths of Illinois.

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INHS Manual 10: Field Guide to Silkmoths of Illinois

Authors: J. Bouseman and J. Sternburg
2002, 97 p.

In this book we treat the often spectacularly large and beautiful moths known as the imperial moths or silkmoths. Both the adults and larvae of those insects have long attracted the attention of naturalists, scientists, artists, schoolchildren, and people in general. This comprehensive treatment provides accounts of 19 species. Each account contains a concise discussion of the distinguishing characteristics and natural history of each species, all illustrated by more than 175 stunning color photographs and distribution maps.

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INHS Manual 09: Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois

Authors: J. Bouseman and J. Sternburg
2001, 202 p.

This field guide is based upon decades of research and collecting throughout the state by the authors. This comprehensive treatment of Illinois butterflies provides species accounts of the more than 90 butterflies found in the state. Each account contains a succinct discussion of the distinguishing characteristics, natural history, and protection status of each species, all illustrated by more than 300 color photographs and distribution maps. Like its predecessors, the butterfly field guide is designed to be easily carried in a vest or coat pocket with a hard cover and case binding that will stand up to the rigors of outdoor use.

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Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois
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INHS Manual 08: Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois

Authors: C.A. Phillips, R.A. Brandon, and E.O. Moll
1999, 285 p.

This guide is intended to aid biologists, naturalists, teachers, land managers, law enforcement officials, and students in the identification of amphibians and reptiles found in Illinois. It is meant to be used in the field, so the characters stressed in the keys and species accounts can be viewed with the unaided eye or, at most, a small hand lens. The species are grouped according to systematic relationships: salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes. The book is set up so that identification can be achieved either by using the color photographs or “key characters” section included in each species account. The dichotomous keys are the most effective way to identify an animal, but some readers unfamiliar with keys may find the photographs a more user-friendly starting point. Only a handful of the 102 species covered by this guide are distributed statewide. Each species account has three components: text, photograph, and range map.

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Water Fowl of Illinois
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INHS Manual 07: Waterfowl of Illinois: Abbreviated Field Guide
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Author: Stephen P. Havera
1999, 80 pp.

Although its landscapes have changed dramatically in the past two centuries, Illinois still hosts significant numbers of waterfowl and other waterbirds, especially during fall and spring migrations. There is an indescribable lure about waterfowl that captures our interest, whether we are birdwatchers, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, or hunters. We want to know what kinds of waterfowl frequent our state, when, where, how many, what they eat, where they nest, and what we can do to enjoy or help them.

This abbreviated guide was produced to provide selected highlights from its companion volume, Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management and is not an all-inclusive examination of the natural history of the species of waterfowl frequenting Illinois. This book is illustrated with color photographs of the waterfowl that inhabit Illinois as well as some of the plants upon which these birds feed.

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Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles
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INHS Manual 06: Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Author: Douglas Yanega
1996, 184 pp.

The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, are one of the larger insect families, with some 20,000 described species (and thousands more undescribed) worldwide, from all continents except Antarctica. The large size and variety of coloration and sculpture of longhorned beetles make them a relatively easy group of insects to identify, especially considering the number of species (some 1,100 species estimated in North America excluding Mexico); this guide attempts to exploit this. This guide includes over 600 color images, covering 342 of the 344 species and subspecies of longhorned beetles that have been definitively recorded in northeastern North America, along with diagnostic features to enable recognition of all these species, as well as data on distribution, phenology, and larval feeding habits.

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INHS Manual 05: Field Guide to Freshwater Mussels of the Midwest

Authors: Kevin S. Cummings and Christine A. Mayer
1995, 194 pp.

Professional biologists and informed amateurs alike have recognized that freshwater mussels are particularly sensitive to anthropogenic changes in our waterways. Thus, these mussels can be used to judge stream quality or the degree of degradation. Identification is usually the essential first step to unlocking information about a species. This field guide includes color photographs and maps to assist the user in identifying mussels with a minimum of effort and specialized knowledge.

This book is intended to help biologists, commercial shellers, amateur naturalists, teachers, and students identify freshwater mussels found in the streams and lakes of the Midwest. It includes 78 species, over half of which are rare, threatened, endangered, or extinct. The species are arranged in groups that approximate their systematic relationships; therefore, similar-looking species will often, but not always, be grouped together. An index to both the scientific and common names is given in the back of the book.

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INHS Manual 04: Fieldbook of Illinois Mammals

Author: Donald F. Hoffmeister and Carl O. Mohr
1957

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INHS Manual 03: Fieldbook of Native Illinois Shrubs

Author: Leo R. Tehon
1942

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INHS Manual 02: Fieldbook of Illinois Land Snails

Author: Frank Collins Baker
1939

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INHS Manual 01: Fieldbook of Illinois Wild Flowers


1936

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