Eric R. Eaton

Eric R. Eaton is author of Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect (Princeton University Press, 2021), lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007), and co-author of Insects Did It First (Xlibris, 2018), plus contributor to several other books. He has written articles about insects and other animals for Birds & Blooms, Ranger Rick, Missouri Conservationist, and other popular magazines.

Mr. Eaton studied entomology at Oregon State University and has worked as a professional entomologist at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Cincinnati Zoo, and Chase Studio, Inc., as well as on private contract for the Smithsonian Institution, Portland State University, and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. He enjoys the respect of his professional colleagues, and as “Bug Eric” has built a loyal following on social media (Facebook, Twitter), and volunteer expert and consultant to WhatsThatBug.com and AllExperts.com (where he was one of the top 50 experts for the year 2009).

His empathy for the squeamish and scared, knack for identification of mystery bugs, and his accurate, jargon-free explanations of insect biology have made him a leading figure in popular entomology. He writes the blogs “Bug Eric” and “Sense of Misplaced.”

Books in order of publication:

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Kaufman Field Guides) – 2007

Insects Did It First – 2018

Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect – 2021

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