I chose the species for the ink drawings in the systematic portion of the book as representative generally of those found in the text. All the drawings are my own, and most are based on museum specimens entirely or in part to confirm details present in existing illustrations. I have used the latter only casually as an aid to composition.

The majority of insects and other types illustrated in the line drawings are placed in stylized natural settings and are depicted as living animals. I have not drawn figures to scale, except that an attempt was made to indicate comparative size, that is, larger species are larger than smaller, although not in proportion. The need occasionally arose to greatly magnify microscopic forms. With the exception of those with the names of other photographers or sources noted in the captions, all the color and black-and-white photographs of insects and phenomena are mine also, converted from 35 mm transparencies taken of live specimens in the field.

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