Learn How to Identify the Garden Bugs & Insects of California

Take this tabbed booklet outside with you this spring and learn how to identify the insects and bugs in your garden. With its brightly colored flowers, rich soil, and delicious nectar, the garden landscape is a bug’s paradise. It attracts the ones we want to see—like bees, butterflies, and lady beetles—but also the ones we don’t, such as grasshoppers, spider mites, and snails. 

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You’ll want to keep this convenient guide close at hand. Designed for ease of use, the booklet is organized 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 California features only species found in the state.

The 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 how to keep your garden happy and healthy with this lightweight, spiral-bound quick guide. Improve your identification skills and find out what to do about the bugs you see!

Regular garden care and maintenance, along with a little TLC, is a great way to help prevent problems. Healthy plants also look and perform better, produce more flowers, and offer higher-quality resources for pollinators.

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Landscapes with higher levels of plant diversity, particularly flowering plants, tend to attract and maintain a higher abundance and wider range of beneficial insects. Collectively, such basic methods are easy to implement and offer a strong first line of defense.

Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, professional nature photographer, 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. He is also the coauthor of Wildflowers of Florida Field Guide. Jaret lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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