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About antlions

  • Ant Lions and Lacewings (paid link)
    By Elaine Pascoe, Dwight Kuhn (Photographer). Blackbirch Press, 2004. "Some of the insect world's fiercest predators—ant lions, lacewings, and their relatives—are introduced in this book. Learn how to keep an ant lion and observe this fascinating insect as it digs a pit trap for its unwary prey." For ages 9–12.
  • Ant Lions, Wasps & Other Insects (paid link)
    By Steve Parker. Compass Point Books, 2005. "Describes the physical characteristics of insects, along with their habitats, behaviors, methods of moving around, feeding habits, and life cycles. Various species are highlighted." For ages 9–12.
  • Antlion: Photographs by Mark Swanson
    By Mark Swanson. Swanson Media, 2009. This short book explores the life cycle of the pit-digging variety of antlion—the famous "doodlebug." Includes 13 photos.
  • Demons of the Dust (paid link)
    By William Morton Wheeler. New York: W.W. Norton, 1930.
    A natural history of antlions.
  • Identification and Biology of Myrmeleontidae (Neuroptera) in Taiwan
    By Lionel A. Stange, Robert B. Miller, and Hsiau Yue Wang. I-Lan City, Taiwan: I-Lan County Museum of Natural History, 2003.
  • A Systematic Catalog, Bibliography and Classification of the World Antlions (Insecta: Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, Vol. 74 (paid link)
    By Lionel A. Stange. Gainesville, Fla.: American Entomological Institute, 2004.

About Neuroptera

  • Advances in Neuropterology. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Neuropterology [Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, Republic of South Africa, 3-4 February 1988].
    Edited by M. Canard, H. Aspöck, and M. W. Mansell. Toulouse, 1988.
  • Current Research in Neuropterology. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Neuropterology [Bagnères-de-Luchon, France 1991].
    Edited by M. Canard, H. Aspöck, and M. W. Mansell. Toulouse, 1992.
  • Lacewings in the Crop Environment (paid link)
    Peter K. McEwen, Tim R. New, and Andrew E. Whittington, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Pure and Applied Research in Neuropterology. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Neuropterology [Cairo, Egypt 1994].
    Edited by M. Canard, H. Aspöck, and M. W. Mansell. Toulouse, 1996.
  • Neuropterology 1997. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Neuropterology [Helsinki, Finland, 13-16 July 1997].
    Edited by Samuel Panelius. In Acta Zoologica Fennica, no. 209, 1998.

Insect field guides

  • A Field Guide to the Insects, America North of Mexico. (Peterson Field Guide series) (paid link)
    By Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970. "Detailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 superb color paintings."
  • Insects of the Great Lakes Region (paid link)
    By Gary A. Dunn. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996. "[The] first comprehensive guide to document the rich and diverse insect fauna of the Great Lakes region. In Insects of the Great Lakes Region, educators, insect enthusiasts, and the general public will find high-quality, well-presented, easy-to-understand information with over 250 illustrations of the insects found in yards, gardens, fields, and forests."
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (paid link)
    By Lorus Milne and Margery Milne. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1980. "Spiders, bugs, moths, butterflies, beetles, bees, flies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many other insects are detailed in more than 700 full-color photographs visually arranged by shape and color."
  • National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America (paid link)
    By Arthur V. Evans. New York: Sterling, 2007. "National Wildlife Federation’s new all-photographic field guide to North American insects, spiders, and related species, is the most up-to-date of its kind, and lets both amateur and expert naturalists identify more than 940 species quickly and accurately."

Insect general reference

  • American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico (paid link)
    By Ross H. Arnett, Jr. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1985. "Offering a complete accounting of the insects of North America, this handbook is an updated edition of the first handbook ever compiled in the history of American entomology."
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Insects (paid link)
    By Bernard Grzimek. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1979. "Authoritative writing in a style accessible to the general reader, comprehensive coverage, a taxonomic arrangement to facilitate comparison between species, consistent organization, ample color illustrations and photographs, incorporation of current research, and the inclusion of conservation status and the significance of the animal to humans make Grzimek's an excellent choice for academic, large public, and special libraries."
  • Insects: Their Biology and Cultural History (paid link)
    By Bernhard Klausnitzer. New York: Universe Books, 1987. "Describes the characteristics and behavior of mayflies, dragonflies, termites, grasshoppers, beetles, bees, hornets, butterflies, and fleas." 237 pages.
  • The Practical Entomologist: An Introductory Guide to Observing and Understanding the World of Insects (paid link)
    By Rick Imes. New York: Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 1992. "From exploring the basic principles of entomology to starting a collection, The Practical Entomologist is the perfect introduction to the world of insects."
  • Stokes Guide to Observing Insect Lives (paid link)
    By Donald Stokes. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1983. "This information-packed guide explores the behavior of the insects around us. . . .[It] tells how, where, and when to observe the most intriguing activities of more than 60 common insects in their natural habitats."

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