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compiled by Klaas Reißmann and Christoph Benisch


With this new page we want to provide some tips on good books and literature, relevant for coleopterists, interested hobbyists as well as nature observers interested in beetles. The compilation contains both books on general topics as well as special and determination literature. A few of the books presented are sold out and it can be even difficult to obtain them from antiquarian book stores. Nevertheless, we will also present these here.


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NIEHUIS, M.

Die Buntkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

Year of publication: 2013
GNOR Eigenverlag, ISBN 978-3-9807669-7-5

The recently published book on the Checkered Beetles of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland provides an excellent overview of the distribution characteristics, development, behavior, phenology and ecology of the family. Further chapters shed light on clerid researchers and their work, aspects of cultural history and the relevance of the Checkered beetles to humans as they are important natural predators of wood-destroying beetles, both in forests and in constructional timbers. Renowned experts have contributed articles on systematics, fossil record and an illustrated key to the larval stages. Biology, ecology and development are described in detail and illustrated with excellent photos of numerous photographers. The threat situation of the species is described and suggestions for their protection are given. This book is not only a must for coleopterists, but for anyone interested in the faunistics of these Federal States. But also conservationists and foresters, hobby photographers and nature lovers of any kind find many aspects worth knowing. 684 pages, 900 color photographs, distribution maps and phenograms of all species.

Die Buntkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

RHEINHEIMER, J., HASSLER, M.

Die Rüsselkäfer Baden-Württembergs

Year of publication: 2010
verlag regionalkultur, ISBN 978-3-89735-608-5

With nearly 800 species the weevils are among the most speciose families in Baden-Württemberg. Their lifestyle varies from volant, colorful, acrodendric species to nonvolant, well camouflaged species, burrowing in the ground. The beetles and their larvae live on various plants, rarely in fungi. The present volume is richly illustrated with high quality photographs and color tables of mounted specimen. It describes the most important habitats of the domestic species and protection measures are discussed. All weevil species known to occur in Baden-Württemberg are presented in detail. In the chapters on the species their lifestyle, distribution and endangerment is outlined. Together with its determination keys the highly recommendable book serves as an excellent aid for determination, not only for experts, but also for interested laypersons. 944 pages, 1085 color photographs, 82 color tables.

Die Rüsselkäfer Baden-Württembergs

BRECHTEL, F., KOSTENBADER, H. et. al.

Die Pracht- und Hirschkäfer Baden-Württembergs

Year of publication: 2002
Ulmer Verlag, ISBN 3-8001-3526-4

This is so far the only book about beetles from the very beautiful and elaborately designed Baden-Württemberg-series. A large number of entomologists contributed the well-researched material. 632 pages about everything worth knowing about Jewel Beetles and Stag Beetles that ever have been reported from Baden-Württemberg. Very nice design with 306 color photographs, 180 maps, 86 distribution maps and 30 tables. Highly recommended, for beginners as well as for professionals.

Die Pracht- und Hirschkäfer Baden-Württembergs

NIEHUIS, M.

Die Bockkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

Year of publication: 2001
GNOR Eigenverlag, ISBN 3-9807669-0-X

A very elaborately designed book similar to the Baden-Württemberg-series. Manfred Niehuis has researched very meticulously. Every Longhorn Beetle that has ever been reported from Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland is described in detail. In addition to an enormous amount of images, there are tables, distribution maps and a lot of general information about the Longhorn Beetles of Germany. In the special part each species is treated individually, and the reader gets insight into the history of discovery of the species for these provinces, as well as information on the development, frequency and everything one probably wants to know about these beetles and perhaps should know. 604 pages with many distribution maps, tables and photographs, colorful illustrations. Highly recommended, for beginners as well as for professionals.

Die Bockkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

NIEHUIS, M.

Die Prachtkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

Year of publication: 2004
GNOR Eigenverlag, ISBN 3-937783-04-0

A very elaborately designed book similar to the Baden-Württemberg-series. Manfred Niehuis has researched very meticulously. Each species of Jewel Beetles that was ever reported from Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland, even if it was only introduced into the area or if it was only wrong determined, is described. In addition to an enormous amount of images, there are tables, distribution maps and a lot of general information about the Jewel Beetles of Germany. In the special part each species is treated individually, and the reader gets insight into the history of discovery of the species for these provinces, as well as information on the development, frequency and everything one probably wants to know about these beetles and perhaps should know. 712 pages with many distribution maps, tables and photographs, colorful illustrations. Highly recommended, for beginners as well as for professionals.

Die Prachtkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

LÜCKMANN, J., NIEHUIS, M.

Die Ölkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

Year of publication: 2009
GNOR Eigenverlag, ISBN 978-3-9807669-4-4

Continuation of the series by Dr. Manfred Niehuis in collaboration with Dr. Johannes Lückmann. Incredibly meticulous and very accurately collected data. The incredible amount of work that was done for this book becomes apparent, if the reader considers, that the two authors by collecting data of just 15 different ever reported blister beetles from Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland brought together enough information to publish a book with at least 480 (!) pages. The special part deals with all species of the family Meloidae that have ever been reported from the region. At the end there is a determination part for both the beetles of the family of Germany, as well as for their first instar larvae. 480 pages, many photos, drawings and maps. Highly recommended and almost a must for every serious coleopterist occupied with blister beetles.

Die Ölkäfer in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland

BENSE, U.

Bockkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cerambyciden und Vesperiden Europas

Year of publication: 1995
Margraf Verlag, ISBN 3-8236-1153-4 (hardcover), ISBN 3-8236-1154-2 (paperback)

Very richly illustrated guide book about the Longhorn Beetles of Europe. It does not address the Longhorn Beetles of the genus Dorcadion, since their species status is often not sure. The left side is written in German, the right side in English. Therefore the book is not only a win for the German users. 512 pages, illustrations in black and white. An excellent book, but rather for the specialist.

Bockkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cerambyciden und Vesperiden Europas

GERSTMEIER, R.

Buntkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cleriden der West-Paläarktis

Year of publication: 1998
Margraf Verlag, ISBN 3-8236-1175-5

Very richly illustrated guide book for the determination of the Checkered Beetles of Europe and North Africa. The left side is written in German, the right side in English. Therefore the book is not only a win for the German users. 241 pages, illustrations in black and white, at the end of the book you'll find eight color plates with 16 species depicted each. An excellent book, but rather for the specialist.

Buntkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cleriden der West-Paläarktis

TRAUTNER, J., GEIGENMUELLER, K.

Sandlaufkäfer, Laufkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cicindeliden und Carabiden Europas

Year of publication: 1987
Margraf Verlag, ISBN 3-924333-04-1 (paperback) oder ISBN 3-924333-05-X (hardcover)

Very richly illustrated guide book for the determination for the tiger beetles and ground beetles of Europe. It does not cover some large and very difficult genera such as Amara, Bembidion and some more, and it is limited to the identification of the species of a genera in the Central European fauna, such as the genus Pterostichus for example. The left side is written in German, the right side in English. Therefore the book is not only a win for the German users. 488 pages, illustrations in black and white. An excellent book, but rather for the specialist.

Sandlaufkäfer, Laufkäfer, illustrierter Schlüssel zu den Cicindeliden und Carabiden Europas

HANNIG, K., OLTHOFF, M., WITTJEN, K., ZIMMERMANN, T.

Die Tiere, Pflanzen und Pilze des Truppenübungsplatzes Haltern-Borkenberge

Year of publication: 2009
Abhandlungen aus dem Westfälischen Museum für Naturkunde, 71. Jahrgang, Heft 3, ISBN 978-3-940726-05-6

A wonderful work on the military training area Borkenberge near Borken in Westphalia. Over several years, Karsten Hannig has been searching not only for ground beetles, but for various beetles and other invertebrates, small vertebrates and plants, too. He managed to bring together specialists of various categories that have participated in the creation of the work, so that a very comprehensive book has been created on the fauna and flora of this military training area in Westphalia. Maybe not just for the specialist. Only in German. 556 pages with numerous tables and pictures. Photos partly in color.

Die Tiere, Pflanzen und Pilze des Truppenübungsplatzes Haltern-Borkenberge

ZAHRADNÍK, J., CHVÁLA, F.

Insekten - Handbuch und Führer der Insekten Europas

Year of publication: 1997
Bechtermünz Verlag, ISBN 3-86047-738-2

The Zahradník/Chvála is an excellent illustrated book on the European insect fauna with a large number of beautiful, large sized photos of various insects. Besides the beetles, also representatives of other orders of insects, e.g. butterflies, dragonflies, crickets, bugs and hymenopterans are covered. The species are introduced with a very detailed text easy to read for everyone. All in all a very successful work, able to arouse first interest in entomology.

Insekten - Handbuch und Führer der Insekten Europas

HARDE, K. W., SEVERA, F.

Der Kosmos-Käferführer

Year of publication: 1984
Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH, ISBN 3-440-05382-2

With 1080 excellent color drawings of beetles by F. Severa, the "Kosmos-Käferführer" is a nicely illustrated field guide to the beetles of the Central European Fauna. The species are briefly described with habitat requirement and information on their lifestyle. The book does not contain any determination keys and does not claim to be an exhaustive treatment of the Central European beetle Fauna. For each genus the number of species contained is mentioned. The "Kosmos-Käferführer" is aimed at interested nature observers and beginners in coleopterology, helping the latter on their initial steps in the science.

Der Kosmos-Käferführer

DU CHATENET, G.

Coléoptères d'Europe - Carabes, Carabiques et Dytiques

Year of publication: 2005
N.A.P Editions, ISBN 2-913688-05-5

The Frenchman Gaetan du Chatenet is actually less coleopterist and much more an artist. In many hours of meticulous work in the museum of Paris, he painted an enormous amount of mounted specimen of the European beetle species from the families Rhysodidae, Carabidae (including Cicindelinae and Paussinae) Noteridae, Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae in a lovingly detailed manner. In the middle of the book one can find 31 color plates with nice illustrations of a large number of beetle species. In the sections enclosing the color plates the species are treated with a short but informative text description. Du Chatenet sets great store by good descriptions of the species, information on habitats and living conditions, activity time and information about the distribution of each species, mostly shown on a small map of Europe. It is augmented by a very good text with a lot of general information on beetle science (methods of catching beetles, interior and exterior morphology, larval forms and others). A beautiful book and recommended for everyone. Only in French. 625 pages, 31 color plates, numerous very precise black-and-white drawings, hardcover.

Coléoptères d'Europe - Carabes, Carabiques et Dytiques

DU CHATENET, G.

Coléoptères Phytophages d'Europe

Year of publication: 2000
N.A.P Editions, ISBN 2-913688-03-9

The Frenchman Gaetan du Chatenet is actually less coleopterist and much more an artist. In many hours of meticulous work in the museum of Paris, he painted an enormous amount of mounted specimen of the European beetle species from the families Cleridae, Derodontidae, Lymexylonidae, Elateridae, Cerophytidae, Eucnemidae, Throscidae, Lissomidae, Cebrionidae, Buprestidae und Cerambycidae (the Vesperidae still as subfamily Vesperinae within Cerambycidae). In the middle of the book one can find 43 color plates with nice illustrations of a large number of beetle species. In the sections enclosing the color plates the species are treated with a short but informative text description. Du Chatenet sets great store by good descriptions of the species, information on habitats or living conditions, activity time and information about the distribution of each species, mostly shown on a small map of Europe. It is augmented by a very good text with a lot of general information on beetle science (methods of catching beetles, interior and exterior morphology, larval forms and others). A beautiful book and recommended for everyone. Only in French. 259 pages, 43 color plates, numerous very precise black-and-white drawings, hardcover.

Coléoptères Phytophages d'Europe

DU CHATENET, G.

Coléoptères Phytophages d'Europe, Tome 2, Chrysomelidae

Year of publication: 2002
N.A.P Editions, ISBN 2-913688-04-7

The Frenchman Gaetan du Chatenet is actually less coleopterist and much more an artist. In many hours of meticulous work in the museum of Paris, he painted an enormous amount of mounted specimen of the European beetle species from the family Chrysomelidae. In the middle of the book one can find 35 color plates with nice illustrations of a large number of beetle species. In the sections enclosing the color plates the species are treated with a short but informative text description. Du Chatenet sets great store by good descriptions of the species, information on habitats or living conditions, activity time and information about the distribution of each species, mostly shown on a small map of Europe. It is augmented by a very good text with a lot of general information on beetle science (methods of catching beetles, interior and exterior morphology, larval forms and others). A beautiful book and recommended for everyone. Only in French. 258 pages, 35 color plates, numerous very precise black-and-white drawings, hardcover.

Coléoptères d'Europe

REITTER, E.

Fauna Germanica - Die Käfer des deutschen Reiches

Year of publication: 1908
K.G. Lutz' Verlag

5 volumes with determinations keys for the beetle fauna of the former German Reich in 1908. Although largely outdated in virtually all beetle families, the "Reitter" is nevertheless suitable as an entry point into working with determination keys. The keys are augmented by color plates, displaying a large number of species. Even today, the "Reitter" can be obtained from antiquarian book shops. For the beginner, the "Reitter" is a much lower investment compared to the Freude-Harde-Lohse, the standard determination key today. Moreover, as the "Reitter" has run out of copyright, it is completely available on the internet.

Reitter, Fauna Germanica - Die Käfer des deutschen Reiches

FREUDE, H., HARDE, K. W., LOHSE, G. A.

Die Käfer Mitteleuropas

Year of publication: 1965-1998
Goecke & Evers Verlag, ISBN 3-334-61035-7

15 volumes for the determination of the beetle species reported from Central Europe. In 1964 the first volume of this multi-volume work was published under the names of the initial three authors, Dr. Heinz FREUDE, Dr. Karl Wilhelm HARDE and Dr. Gustav Adolf LOHSE. Over the years more authors joined the project, consequently the number of volumes of "Die Käfer Mitteleuropas" increased to 11 in 1983, and covered almost the complete Central European beetle fauna. Meanwhile the first volumes were already out of date, as from the beginning in1964 to 1983 a lot of changes happened in beetle nomenclature. Consequently the new knowledge about beetles of Central Europe was published in supplement volumes that fixed the old "mistakes". A completely new edition appeared inappropriate at the time. In the years 1989 to 1998 four supplementary volumes were published, first under the names of two of the authors of the early days, Gustav Adolf Lohse und Wilhelm Lucht, and, starting with volume 15 under the names of the main authors Wilhelm Lucht und Dr. Bernhard Klausnitzer. At the beginning of the new millennium, it was decided to produce a new edition. In 2004 volume 2 was published new as the first one in the continuation of the old tradition under the names of the authors of the first hour, Dr. Heinz Freude, Dr. Karl Wilhelm HARDE and Dr. Gustav Adolf LOHSE and the author Dr. Bernard Klausnitzer. The rapid development of knowledge on the Central European beetles (and even the whole nature), can be seen from the fact that even the new volume is outdated in smaller parts today.
For every serious coleopterist the "Die Käfer von Mitteleuropa" is a must, it provides the basis for coleopterology in Germany and Central Europe. Very precise determination keys to the beetles of Central Europe, accompanied by many detailed drawings.

FHL - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas

KÖHLER, F., KLAUSNITZER, B.

Entomofauna Germanica - Verzeichnis der Käfer Deutschlands

Year of publication: 1998
Entomologische Nachrichten und Berichte (Dresden) Beiheft 4, Seite 1-185, ISSN 0232-5535

A really very special work, which deals with the distribution and the current and historical occurrences of the beetles in Germany. A straightforward and simple system is used to represent the status of each species of beetle ever found in Germany. 185 pages, a relatively short introductory section with some tables and maps. Because Frank Koehler managed to bring together many regional colleagues and because the data of many coleopterists ultimately converged at Frank Koehler (and still do so) it is very well-researched material, which gives a quick overview on the status of distribution of the beetles in Germany. The irregularly appearing updates are intended to complement and should be a must for every user of this book. Highly recommended, should be found in the bookshelf of every German Coleopterist (or stored on the hard drive as well as, as it is available in digital form as well).

Entomofauna Germanica - Verzeichnis der Käfer Deutschlands

HAEUPLER, H., MUER, T.

Bildatlas der Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Deutschlands

Year of publication: 2007 (2. Aufl.)
Ulmer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8001-4990-2

A very comprehensive, well-structured field guide to the German flora with roughly 4050 color photos. Useful for both interested hobbyists and specialists. The relevancy for the coleopterist is given by the fact, that a large number of phytophagous beetles are strictly monophagous or oligophagous and are only found on certain plants. In these cases, some basic knowledge on the host plant is essential for a purposeful search and successful discovery of the beetle species developing on the respective plant. For those coleopterists occupied with phytophagous beetles, feeling a little "uncertain" in botany, this book is a real benefit.

Bildatlas der Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Deutschlands

MÖLLER, G., GRUBE, R., WACHMANN, E.

Der Fauna Käferführer I - Käfer im und am Wald

Year of publication: 2006
Fauna Verlag, ISBN 3-935980-25-6

Elaborately designed paperback, covering about 430 beetle species which can be found in the forest or on the edge of the forest and 450 macro photographs accompanied by concise descriptions of the appearance, size and lifestyle. Additionally, species that can be easily confused are as well, thus facilitating their determination. A general introductory section deals with the particularities of the beetles, their lifestyle, development cycle and differences to other insect orders. The book is intended to be the first volume in a series of books. It is to be hoped, that the series will be continued, as the book is a good entry point for beginners as well as a good source of high-quality macro photographs for specialists, also of rare species. In German only.

Der Fauna Käferführer I - Käfer in und am Wald

ZAHRADNÍK, J.

Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas

Year of publication: 1985
Paul Parey Verlag, ISBN 3-490-27118-1

This older book is a suitable alternative for the Kosmos Käferführer and is similarly structured. A general introductory section describes the features of the beetles, their habitats, collecting and preparation of specimen as well as nature and species protection. The main part contains a pictured key for the determination of families and descriptions of selected species, their biology, occurrence and distribution in Europe. The book is rounded off with color charts with drawings of selected species, in a quality similar to the Kosmos Käferführer. A glossary with entomological terms at the end of the book is especially helpful for interested lay persons. In German only.

Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas

TRAUTNER, J., GEIGENMÜLLER, K., BENSE, U.

Käfer beobachten, bestimmen Band 1

Year of publication: 1988
NJN Neumann-Neudamm Verlag, ISBN 3-7888-0529-3

This book can be only obtained from second-hand bookshops today. It was intended to be the first volume of a series of books containing macro photographs with a concise description of beetle species. Unfortunately, it remains the only volume of the series that was published. The major focus is on the longhorn beetles, leaf beetles and weevils. In the introductory section the morphology of the beetles, lifestyle and development cycle are described, as well as techniques for the observation and collecting of beetles. The book is a good introduction for interested lay persons into the above mentioned beetle families. For the specialist it is a good source of high-quality macro photographs and some interesting facts. In German only.

Käfer beobachten, bestimmen Band 1

KLAUSNITZER, B., SPRECHER-ÜBERSAX, E.

Die Hirschkäfer

Year of publication: 2008 (4. Aufl.)

This paperback provides an overview of a total of 1520 stag beetle species of the world with pictures of quite a few species. Additionally, the morphology, lifestyle and development cycle especially of the 7 species occurring in Germany are introduced together with their current distribution in Germany and conservation measures. A separated chapter deals with the interaction between humans and stag beetles, especially Lucanus cervus. The book is a good introduction to the stag beetles and is highly recommended for both lay persons and specialists. In German only.

Die Hirschkäfer

KLAUSNITZER, B., KLAUSNITZER, H.

Marienkäfer

Year of publication: 1997 (4. Aufl.)

A very comprehensive paperback with a lot of need-to-know about ladybirds, their systematic, distribution, lifecycle, nourishment, scientific significance as well as a chapter on the relationship between humans and the ladybirds. It is probably the book on ladybirds in German language and is aimed at lay persons as well as specialists and is highly recommended. In German only.

Marienkäfer

KLAUSNITZER, B.

Käfer im und am Wasser

Year of publication: 1996 (2. Aufl.)

A very comprehensive paperback with a lot of need-to-know about morphological adaption to the aquatic lifestyle, ecologic requirements of aquatic beetles, a determination table for aquatic beetle families as well as a section on endangerment and conservation of aquatic beetles. The book is a good introduction for both lay persons and specialists into the aquatic beetle fauna. It is highly recommended for every "hydrophilic" coleopterist. In German only.

Käfer im und am Wasser


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