Valerie Bugh

Valerie Bugh

About Valerie Bugh

Valerie Bugh is a naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, provides insect/spider identifications, and gives talks to local organizations. Website: www.austinbug.com 

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Unusual Insects of Texas

Author: Valerie Bugh

ISBN: 978-1-7328752-1-0

“CoverNot all kinds of cockroaches are household pests, some termites do not eat houses, and there are odd insects that are annoyingly challenging for a novice to categorize, since they are not as recognizable as beetles, wasps, moths, grasshoppers or dragonflies. This handy publication presents many of the smaller, and often confusing, groups of insects in convenient side-by-side comparisons so the differences between similar looking creatures are apparent.

Identification is the first step to understanding how predators, herbivores and scavengers fit into the ecosystem, and which are beneficial or of concern.

Whether you are an angler wanting to figure out the caddisflies and mayflies that fish eat, a gardener curious about the kinds of mantises, lacewings or other insects you find, or have seen your first scorpionfly, dobsonfly, barklouse or webspinner and just can’t place what it is, this waterproof, folding guide will help solve some of the mysteries.

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Butterflies of North Texas

Author: Valerie Bugh

ISBN: 978-0-9826211-8-9

“CoverButterflies of North Texas: This pocket-sized, waterproof guide features color photos in a side-by-side format that beautifully illustrates over 80 species of butterflies and most of their caterpillars found in northern Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Along with many of the more common species, several of the region’s most unique species are included: Pipevine and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails; Olympic Marble; Banded and White-M Hairstreak’s; Henry’s Elfin; Eastern Tailed-Blue; Gorgone Checkerspot; Hayhurst’s Scallopwing; and Cobweb, Crossline, Zabulon and Dusted skippers.

Common and scientific names, adult size, season when that can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed, making it ideal for field use. Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this marvelous guide.

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Butterflies of Central Texas

Author: Valerie Bugh

ISBN: 978-0-9824905-0-1

“CoverButterflies of Central Texas is a durable laminated folding guide, perfect for carrying in the field. The slender dimensions fit in a pocket or backpack. Covering 83 butterflies found throughout the Hill Country, from Waco to San Antonio to Fredericksburg, the layout allows for quick comparison between similar species. Typical wing positions at rest are shown (open vs. closed) for each species and many caterpillars are also included.

Informational text gives both common and Latin names, size, larval host plants, and flight seasons. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Gulf Fritillary is illustrated. Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

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Spiders of Florida

Author: Valerie Bugh

ISBN: 978-1-943334-19-3

“CoverSpiders are everywhere and Florida is no exception. Very few species are dangerous and these eight-legged allies are one of the most reliable and cheapest forms of pest controls, gobbling up insects that carry diseases, infest homes and damage crops. Learn to recognize many kinds of spiders with this durable laminated twelve-panel guide that folds up conveniently to fit in a pocket or pack.

Perfect for the casual observer, gardener, homeowner or curious naturalist, it serves as both a general introduction and a useful reference. Colorful photographs illustrate 100 spider species, including several of both male and female, in side-by-side comparisons with descriptive text highlighting size, habitat, and web type.

Representative webs are also shown, together with information about silk, venom and hunting techniques. A small section features other arachnids, such as the Vinegaroon, Scorpion, Harvestman and Tick.

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Spiders of Louisiana

Author: Valerie Bugh

ISBN: 978-1-943334-62-9

“CoverSpiders are everywhere and Louisiana is no exception. Very few species are dangerous and these eight-legged allies are one of the most reliable and cheapest forms of pest control, gobbling up insects that carry diseases, infest homes and damage crops. Learn to recognize many kinds of spiders with this durable laminated twelve-panel guide that folds up conveniently to fit in a pocket or pack.

Perfect for the casual observer, gardener, homeowner or curious naturalist, it serves as both a general introduction and a useful reference. Colorful photographs illustrate 100 spider species, including several of both male and female, in side-by-side comparisons with descriptive text highlighting size, habitat, and web
type. Representative webs are also shown, together with information about silk, venom and hunting techniques. A small section features other arachnids, such as the Scorpion, Harvestman and Ticks.

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