In an isolated pine forest on the eastern edge of Central Texas, there lies an island of abundant and diversified life known as the Lost Pines. Separated from the rest of the state’s East Texas pine forests by more than one hundred miles, the Lost Pines marks the westernmost stand of the loblolly pine and is a refuge for plants and animals more typically associated with the southeastern United States where the tree originated. Surrounded now by pastures and scattered oak woodlands, the Lost Pines supports a remarkable ecosystem, a primeval sanctuary amidst the urban bustle of nearby Austin and of neighboring communities Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville. This 100,000 acre island includes portions of Bastrop and Buescher State Parks, and it was here that Stephen W. Taber and Scott Fleenor encountered insect life of astonishing diversity. Setting out to identify and describe the insects and related animals most readily observed in the Lost Pines, they also discovered some hidden, rare, and never-before-described species. The result is this book, a bestiary of more than 280 species of invertebrates including insects, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, mollusks, and worms. Each species description includes common and scientific names; information on biology, distribution, and similar species; and the authors’ special remarks. Many of these animals occur outside the forest, making Insects of the Texas Lost Pines a useful guide to Texas invertebrates in general. When you visit Bastrop State Park, you are likely to see more bugs and spineless creatures than any other form of animal life. The next time you go, turn over a few logs, look at the ants, and don’t swat the flies. Take along this new guide and open up a world of life in one of Texas's most unique and popular landscapes.
What Readers Are Saying:
“Natural history buffs will welcome this for their library and as a vehicle to infect others with a love of nature.” --CHOICE
“The authors have aimed this book at the amateur insect hunter and I can really appreciate that. The one thought that kept occurring to me is what a treat it would be to have such a handbook when visiting my local swamp or any natural area. It is also a good size to stick in a pack or perhaps a cargo pocket. I would add it primarily because it is such an accessible work particularly for the interested non-specialist.” --E-Streams
“. . . easy to read. . . exceptionally valuable for the general naturalist. . .” --Rustlin’s
“. . .fascinating ‘insectiary’ of scientific information on more than 280 species of invertebrates, including insects, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, mollusks, and worms. . . highly recommended for all university and public library science collections, especially in the Central Texas area.” --Review of Texas Books
“…the book begins to fill an important niche in the ecological literature, in that the Lost Pines is a wonderful isolated region that deserves further study.” --American Entomologist