Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1992


Published in Great Plains Research 2:1 (February 1992), pp. 143-144. Copyright © 1992 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


Of the few regional faunal surveys of Scarabaeidae available, The Scarab Beetles of Nebraska provides by far the most comprehensive treatise to date of any area in the Western Hemisphere. It not only serves as a manual for identification of all adult Nebraskan Scarabaeidae, but also includes available information on larvae and natural history for each species as well. The book is lavishly illustrated with adult habitus drawings of most species, supplemented by line drawings of larval and adult key characters. Illustrator Mark Marcuson's color plates are worthy of framing, and congratulations go to the printers for their reproduction of Marcuson's exquisite illustration of a flying Euphoria fulgida (Fab.) on the front cover.

The book begins with an overview of the geography, climate, and vegetative zones of Nebraska, complete with climatological and floral maps, and photographs of the major habitat types found in the state. This is followed by a brief review of Nebraskan biogeography and general scarab morphology, biology, and subfamilial taxonomy.