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Wading for Bugs

Exploring Streams with the Experts

Judith L. Li and Michael T. Barbour

Illustrations by Boonsatien Boonsoong.

5.5 × 8.5 inches. Line drawings. Glossary. Index. 176 pages.

2011. ISBN 978-0-87071-608-9. Paperback, $19.95.

In Wading for Bugs, nearly two dozen aquatic biologists share their memorable encounters with stream insects. The contributors, based primarily in North America, work in diverse environments – from arctic to desert, from mountain streams to river valleys. They represent a wide range of expertise as authors of standard field texts, leaders in biomonitoring and assessment programs, directors of major laboratories, and specialists in aquatic ecology and taxonomy.

The writings in Wading for Bugs allow readers to experience – through the eyes of the scientists – what it’s like to study stream insects and to make discoveries that could help develop biological indicators for stream health. General summaries introduce each insect order. Elegant insect drawings accompany each story, along with morphological, life history, and habitat information for each species or family.

Wading for Bugs will appeal to general readers as well as students, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts curious about streams and the insects that live in them.


Read an excerpt from the book: Chapter 18, Hanging from a Leaf

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