Ladybugs of Alberta: Finding the Spots and Connecting the Dots by John AcornLadybugs of Alberta: Finding the Spots and Connecting the Dots by John Acorn

Ladybugs of Alberta: Finding the Spots and Connecting the Dots

byJohn Acorn

Paperback | April 30, 2007

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"Despite what many people think, little ladybugs don't grow up to be big ladybugs."-John Acorn Everybody loves a ladybug, and no one is more passionate about these spotted creatures than John Acorn, who has produced this, the first regional ladybug field guide in North America. With comprehensive maps, colour photographs, and illustrations of 75 different species, Acorn educates readers on the beauty and diversity of ladybugs in Alberta. He also explains the impact that introduced species have had on these remarkably diverse insects. Professional entomologists, bug-loving kids, and nature-walk enthusiasts will find ladybug identification enjoyable and rewarding with Acorn's combination of expertise and humour.
John Acorn is a writer, broadcaster, and biologist. In 2008, he received NSERC's Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and sons Jesse and Ben.
Title:Ladybugs of Alberta: Finding the Spots and Connecting the DotsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.5 inPublished:April 30, 2007Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888643810

ISBN - 13:9780888643810

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Really gives a lot of information about ladybugs of alberta!
Date published: 2018-04-01

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"John Acorn loves the creepy crawlies of the world and is an expert on ladybugs. His guide is polished in both style and presentation. The photographs are clear and the colours intense and accurate. The guide opens with a gallery of 'lesser ladybugs' of Alberta, followed by a gallery of 'larger ladybugs.' The next two chapters focus on what ladybugs are and their lives. The third chapter discusses the history of ladybug study in Alberta. The fourth covers ladybug conservation. The rest of the book is dedicated to species accounts. In this volume, the first regional ladybug field guide in North America, Acorn covers 75 species. Each species account includes a drawing of the ladybug, a distribution map, an explanation of the name origin, description, notes and often a large close-up photograph. It is in this section you see Acorn's personality coming through. Each ladybug is accompanied by a rhyming couplet. For the micro ladybug: "'Look at this ladybug!' says author John, / 'You've got to be kidding,' most readers respond." Of the ornate ladybug, he says, 'Nephus Ornatus is about as ornate / as a bit of dried bird poop on a wrought iron gate.' In the notes, Acorn speaks in the first person, telling us about his experience with the ladybug. For example, in the notes for the lacustrine ladybug, he tells us, 'When I first started finding lacustrine ladybugs, I'll admit that I mistook them for American hairies, not noticing the difference in size.' Of the ursine anthill ladybug, he says, 'To be honest, this species puzzles me....' This an academic work and a field guide. It is well-referenced and contains a glossary, index and checklist. Every academic library that supports entomological research will want to purchase this book. However, when reading the work of someone so passionate about ladybugs, it is hard not to be engaged. Public libraries in western North America will also want to consider adding it to their collections. Highly recommended." Sandy Campbell, University of Alberta