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Book Review: Grasshoppers of Florida.

Florida Entomologist
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406 Florida Entomologist 85(2) June 2002 C APINERA , J. L., C. W. S CHERER , AND J. M. S QUITIER . 2001. Grasshoppers of Florida. University Press of Florida; Gainesville. 143 p. ISBN 0-8130-2426-9. Paper. $34.95. Regional insect identification guides can be very useful and I have several in my personal library. They vary in their completeness and level of sci- entific information as well as ease of use. It is dif- ficult to write an insect identification guide that contains accurate descriptions, is complete for the geographical scope of the work, and is also use- able by the amateur entomologist as well as a spe- cialist. Capinera et al., however, have written such a book. The goal of this book is to illustrate and describe the 70 species of grasshoppers known to occur in Florida of which 25% (18 species) are found only in Florida and no where else in the world! To aid in identification this book has a bracket key that sep- arates species or groups of similar species, excel- lent color photographs (taken by the senior author) of the adults of 61 of the 70 Florida grasshoppers, as well as informative descriptions, pointing out the distinguishing characteristics. Also included are distribution maps for not only Florida, but in- clusive of the known range of each species. The pho- tos are particularly noteworthy because they are not from pinned specimens, but rather the insect has been photographed on leaf material or flowers in a natural resting pose. Also, care was taken to in- dicate the sex of the individual in the photo (except for the Ridgebacked sand grasshopper, p.72 and the Glassywinged toothpick grasshopper, p. 125). In species that are sexually dimorphic, photos of both sexes are included. For the banded-winged grass- hoppers, a photo is included of a pinned specimen with the hind wing spread to show the color pattern used in identification. I used the key to try to identify some of the grasshopper species fr

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