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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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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 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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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.
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.
Authors: R. Wiker, James G. Sternburg and John K.
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.
INHS Manual 14: Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide
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:
INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest
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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