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This ground-breaking reference offers details for identifying beetles, spiders, flies, ants, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, earwigs, mayflies, crickets, grasshoppers, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, earthworms, slugs, lacewings, wasps, bees, damselflies, alderflies, crabs, and many other invertebrates from the sign they leave behind. It includes almost 1,000 color photos and some 2,000 species in 18 chapters. (Stackpole Books, 592 pages)

For chapter supplements, click below:
1. Eggs and Egg Cases
2. Pupae and Exuviae

3. Parasitism, Predation, and Other Causes of Death

4. Sign on Vertebrates

5. Droppings, Secretions, and Protective Coverings without Foreign Materials

6. Webs and Other Silken Constructions

7. Cocoons

8. Coverings, Cases, Retreats, and Nests Made from Foreign Materials

9. Sign on Algae, Fungi, and Plants

10. Leaf Mines

11. Leaf Shelters

12. Galls

13. Sign on Twigs, Stems, and Stemlike Structures

14. Sign on and in Wood

15. Sign on Rocks and Shells

16. Burrows and Mounds

17. Molelike Excavations and Simple Surface Trails

18. Tracks and Trails

Praise for Tracks & Sign of Insects & Other Invertebrates

"This book belongs in every natural history library."
   --Gerry Rising, (The Buffalo News)

"an outstanding work and a first-of-its-kind...clearly a must-have..."
   -- National Outdoor Book Awards (Best Nature Guidebook of 2010)

"tracks and signs . . . that could rival the artistry of the greatest sculptures."
   --Anne Paine, ( The Tennessean)

"big, beautiful testament to the glory of paying attention."
   --Anthony Doerr, (Boston Globe)

"Crammed full of fascinating information. . . Highly recommended."
   --Choice Magazine

"a phenomenal book that should get a large amount of attention"
   --Alexandra Horowitz, (The Browser)

"Eiseman and Charney have done an outstanding job compiling and disseminating what is undeniably an overwhelming amount of diverse information. This book will be taking a spot on my bookshelf right next to my Kaufman Guide to Insects as one of my primary go-to insect guides. Make this the next nature guidebook you buy. I promise you won’t be disappointed."
   --Seabrooke Leckie, Ontario ( Northern Woodlands Magazine , full review also at:

"This book is excellent! It is an absolute MUST for anyone who has ever come across something strange outdoors and wondered what it was (galls, small tracks in the mud, or eggs, for instance). Now I know that those jet-black egg masses that the kids find on blades of grass during science camp are deerfly eggs! . . . This book is going to be a tremendous help in my outdoor nature classes."
   --Kris Light, TN (

"I'm reminded of the passage in Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, where she talks about the first people to have cataract surgeries, and who suddenly, after a lifetime of darkness, had their eyes opened to a world of light and color. That's how I felt when paging through your book. Thank you for creating such a beautiful rosetta stone for unlocking the mysteries of the natural world."
   --John Callender, CA (

"The book is fantastic! There are things in here that I never even realized were 'things'."
   --Wendy Morelock, NJ

". . . a veritable mine of information, and the best written work in natural history that I have seen in years."
   --Bob Patterson, MD (Moth Photographers Group)

"I can already tell that Tracks & Signs of Insects and Other Invertebrates is going to be a well-thumbed book in my field pack. . . Every curious naturalist should add a copy of this to his or her stash."
   --Ellen Rathbone, NY (Adirondack Naturalist)

"One of our favorites . . . a truly a one-of-a-kind field guide . . . this 582-page reference gives you clues to some of the most mysterious traces you’ll ever encounter in the field. A quick glance at the table of contents gives you a hint of what you’ll find in this wonderful book . . . And that just scratches the surface of this remarkable and unexpected book."
   -- Rocky Mountain Land Library

"Highly recommended...of value to anyone--from amateur to professional--interested in the natural history of insects and other invertebrates."
   --D. A. Brass, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"It will quickly become one of your most-used and favorite references."
   --Michael M. Barnett, FL

"This is the much-needed guidebook to all the things you can't find in guidebooks."
   --Claire Stuart, WV

"This guidebook...will delight and edify bug and slug detectives. Divided into easily readable segments, the text is packed with details that inquisitive gardeners can employ to expand their awareness of the natural world."
   --Susan Smith-Durisek (Lexington Herald Leader/

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