The beetles themselves are brilliant and beautiful, no doubt. But this book does not meet the description of nature photography, which is what I was interested in when I ordered it. All photos were taken in a studio on a white background. The results are, as you might expect, very sterile and not at all natural. The photographer could have just as easily been taking photos of automotive parts or teacups. The ONLY natural thing about the photographs are the beetles themselves. While this photographic technique would be perfect for a field guide, the book does not serve that purpose either. Despite the hype, it is simply a coffee table book of studio photographs of beetles. The publisher should enable the feature "search inside the book" so that people can understand what they're getting instead of relying on the mis-representative written description. In the meantime, potential buyers should be aware that the cover is actually very representative of ALL of the photos in the book. Essentially what you are getting is page after page of "beetle on a white background," not exactly what I would consider "the finest examples of nature photography." I am giving it the benefit of a mediocre three stars because it's not that it's necessarily poorly done. For what it IS, it's done fairly well. It's just not at all the nature photography claimed in the product description.