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Easy Field Guide to Common Desert Insects
North America's deserts include areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Daytime temperatures in the summer may exceed 100 degrees fahrenheit in the shade, and ground temperatures can go even higher. Precipitation is less than ten inches in some areas. In spite of these harsh conditions may insects thrive in the desert, spending at least part of their time underground where it is cooler. Some are nocturnal. Still others have specialized behavior and structural modifications which enable them to move about on the hot ground in the middle of the day.
Included in this Easy Field Guide are many common insects (and other invertebrates such as scorpions, vinegaroons, and spiders), plus a few that are not so common but very interesting. Desert critters are intriguing, not only because of their unusual adaptations to high temperatures and little moisture, but also because many are unusual in appearance. A number of the desert Arthropoda ( the phylum to which all the species in this book belong) have poisonous bites or stings.
Booklet, c 2007, 32 p.: ill. ; 14 cm.
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