How to Identify Pollinators, Pests, and Other Garden Visitors in the Midwest

Get Garden Bugs & Insects of the Midwest by Jaret C. Daniels, and learn how to identify and attract (or repel!) them. With brightly colored flowers, rich soil, and delicious nectar, the garden landscape is a bug’s paradise.

The garden not only attracts the creatures we want to see―like bees, butterflies, and lady beetles―but also the ones we don’t, such as grasshoppers, spider mites, and snails. 

Keep this convenient booklet close at hand. Designed for ease of use, the tabbed guide is organized by group for quick identification. Narrow your choices by group, and view just a few creepy-crawlies at a time. The professional photographs showcase more than 100 species. 

Written by acclaimed author and expert entomologist Jaret C. Daniels, Garden Bugs & Insects of the Midwest features only species found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Book Features:

  • Pocket-size format―easier than laminated foldouts
  • Professional photos showing key markings
  • Easy-to-use information for even casual observers
  • Tips to attract beneficial bugs and to repel damaging ones

Learn to keep your garden happy and healthy with this lightweight quick guide. Improve your identification skills and find out what to do about the bugs you see.

About the author: Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., is a professional nature photographer, author, native plant enthusiast, and entomologist at the University of Florida, specializing in insect ecology and conservation.

He has authored numerous scientific papers, popular articles, and books on gardening, wildlife conservation, insects, and butterflies, including butterfly field guides for Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Ohio, and Michigan.

His other books include Backyard Bugs, Our Love of Bees, Vibrant Butterflies, Butterflies of the South & Southeast, Garden Bugs & Insects of the Northeast, Garden Bugs & Insects of the Southwest, and Garden Bugs & Insects of the Northwest. Jaret lives in Gainesville, Florida, with his wife, Stephanie.

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Liliane Opsomer
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