Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Second Edition)


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Author: Whitney Cranshaw & David Shetlar
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704
Dimensions: 7.5″ x 10″


This second edition of Garden Insects of North America solidifies its place as the most comprehensive guide to the common insects, mites, and other “bugs” found in the backyards and gardens of the United States and Canada. Featuring 3,300 full-color photos and concise, detailed text, this fully revised book covers the hundreds of species of insects and mites associated with fruits and vegetables, shade trees and shrubs, flowers and ornamental plants, and turfgrass—from aphids and bumble bees to leafhoppers and mealybugs to woollybears and yellowjacket wasps—and much more. This new edition also provides a greatly expanded treatment of common pollinators and flower visitors, the natural enemies of garden pests, and the earthworms, insects, and other arthropods that help with decomposing plant matter in the garden.

Designed to help you easily identify what you find in the garden, the book is organized by where insects are most likely to be seen—on leaves, shoots, flowers, roots, or soil. Photos are included throughout the book, next to detailed descriptions of the insects and their associated plants.

An indispensable guide to the natural microcosm in our backyards, Garden Insects of North America continues to be the definitive resource for amateur gardeners, insect lovers, and professional entomologists.

  • Revised and expanded edition covers most of the insects, mites, and other “bugs” one may find in yards or gardens in the United States and Canada—all in one handy volume
  • Features more than 3,300 full-color photos, more than twice the illustrations of the first edition
  • Concise, informative text organized to help you easily identify insects and the plant injuries that they may cause

Reviews & Endorsements

“An exceptionally well organized and complete text on garden insects. . . . Almost every insect is illustrated, with well over 1,000 full-color photographs showing them in various life cycle stages. Its very simple but complete explanations, diagrams and photographs make this the best reference I have read for diagnosing virtually all insect problems. It will make you the neighborhood entomologist.”–Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post
“[Cranshaw is] an entomologist with perhaps a skewed affection for all kinds of bugs, but no one will argue with his desire to demystify insects and their world so that people understand better whether and how to react to a problem, and to enjoy this Lilliputian drama.”–Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post
Garden Insects of North America is a tremendous contribution and is destined to be a staple on any gardener’s bookshelf. Readers will find it overflowing with color pictures and informative yet easy-to-read descriptions. If this isn’t the one book you must have, it comes pretty close!”—Casey Sclar, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Longwood Gardens
“Whitney Cranshaw’s Garden Insects of North America is the most comprehensive book on insect and mite pests of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental plants now in print. Working from experience and the scientific literature, Dr. Cranshaw delivers information on a huge variety of pests in an entirely engaging manner.”—James R. Baker, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University

Author Information

Whitney Cranshaw is professor and extension specialist of entomology at Colorado State University. His books include Bugs Rule! and the original 2004 edition of Garden Insects of North America (both Princeton). David Shetlar is professor of urban landscape entomology at The Ohio State University. His books include Managing Turfgrass Pests and Destructive Turf Insects.

Additional information

Weight5.2 lbs
Dimensions7.5 × 10 × 3 in

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