Insects of PNW

A comprehensive guide to insects of the Pacific Northwest, this handy reference is perfect for hikers, fishers, and naturalists. With coverage from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, it describes more than 450 species of common, easily visible insects and some noninsect invertebrates, including beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas, flies, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, millipedes, snails, and slugs. The more than 600 superb color photographs, helpful visual keys, and clear color-coded layout will make this field guide an invaluable resource for nature lovers throughout the region. ISBN-13: 97808819268

Soil-Food Web

A few years ago, only a handful of people in the country had heard the term “soil food web.” Now it’s cropping up everywhere, and gardeners are wondering what on earth it means. The term was coined by Dr. Elaine R. Ingham, president of Soil Foodweb, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon, and it refers to the relationships among the wide range of living organisms found in soil. The soil food web is similar to the food chain, except that the typical food chain is linear, while the soil food web works from the premise that everything that can eat or be eaten is involved in a cyclical relationship. Soil is composed of two parts: minerals, which make up the nonliving portion of the soil, and the food web, wh

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