Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 11, 2004
Publication Date: January 15, 2005
Citation: Lacey, L.A. 2004. Book review: the Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 107: 241-243. Interpretive Summary: Abstract only for book review.
Technical Abstract: The authors of "The Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America" have a combined 100 years of experience working on this family and have harnessed their collective energies and expertise, as well as that of two excellent illustrators (Ralph M. Idema and Lawrence W. Zettler) in the production of this book. A phenomenal volume of detailed information is included in this large format (8.5 by 11-inch pages) in a 941-page opus magnum. The book covers 254 black fly species found in North America north of Mexico, defined by the authors as the United States, Canada and Greenland. Richly illustrated and extensively referenced, this book will be the most definitive work on the North American Simuliidae north of Mexico for decades to come. It is a must for anyone working with the family and will be a useful reference in the broader subject areas of aquatic ecology and medical entomology. Considering the affordable price and sheer volume of information, it is a bargain.