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Free Jewel Beetle Book!

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I got this info from FB, "The Field Guide to the Jewel Beetles of Northeastern North America is now available by calling 1-800-442-2342.The CFIA is making this field guide completely FREE. Yes — totally, 100% FREE, including international shipping."

Free book about beetles, why not get it? ;)

 

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Awsome, will get it! Is it a limited time offer?

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I'm not sure, but probably limited time offer.

They won't answer right now, but hopefully they will tomorrow. :)

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Just ordered one too, thanks! Totally free, including shipping. They didn't ask for any payment information. They said it will take about 2 weeks to arrive (to the US). :)

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Just came in the mail, it is beautiful over 400 color pages and good quality! Thanks oak!

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It's only about Buprestidae right? It seems strange I'd hesitate on a free book but I have only so much shelf space and have quite a collection of books and magazines on insects and it seems a waste to get a book on something that cannot be kept.

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I just got mine as well! It truly is a superb book, in my opinion all field guides should look something like this. Full colour with excellent photographs (of pinned specimines). I am definitely glad I got this! I hope that someone makes more guides like this!

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I received my three copies today (one for me, two for colleagues). From an Entomologist point of view I must say I am really impressed.

The book looks and reads more like a field guide than a traditional taxonomic key. It has a cool color indication to separate the different subfamilies of Buprestidae at the top corner of each page, similarly to many field guides. The keys and species descriptions are relatively easy to use if you know the terminology (I tested it to key out an Agrilus anxius that I collected last night), the photos are of excellent quality and I like the distribution maps and the details on host plants. I do wish they would include additional photographs of the beetles alive, in their habitat or on their host plant. I know this is difficult to accomplish for rare and infrequently seen species, but at least for the common species this should have been possible... Insects look different than pinned specimens when they are alive, and body posture can also help to identify a species. But that being said, you cannot beat this offer. A FREE comprehensive (at least for Eastern North America) book filled with color photographs of each and every species of one of the most hard-to-ID families of beetles. Whether you are an Ecologist working on plant pests, or a Taxonomist curating a beetle collection or conducting species surveys and your work includes Buprestidae, this book is essential.

I would like to say thanks to the nice people here on the forum for posting about this offer!

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yeah it would be nice if they were alive ^_^

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Wizentrop summarizes it perfectly. Got mine a couple months ago and I love it. Really looking forward to putting mine to good use this next spring/summer/fall. Can't say I wouldn't mind having a western version as well, but it would take quite a bit of work to get through all the Acmaeodera out there

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