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A Guide to Native Bees of AustraliaArtist/Author: Houston, Terry
Bees are often thought of as yellow and black striped insects that live in hives and produce honey. However, Australia’s abundant native bees are incredibly diverse in their appearance and habits. Some are yellow and black but others have blue stripes, are iridescent green or wasp-like. Some are social but most are solitary. Some do build nests with wax but others use silk or plant material, burrow in soil or use holes in wood and even gumnuts!
A Guide to Native Bees of Australia provides a detailed introduction to the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. Illustrated with stunning photographs, it describes the form and function of bees, their life-cycle stages, nest architecture, sociality and relationships with plants. It also contains systematic accounts of the five families and 58 genera of Australian bees. Photomicrographs of morphological characters and identification keys allow identification of bees to genus level. Natural history enthusiasts, professional and amateur entomologists and beekeepers will find this an essential guide.
Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World DominationArtist/Author: Rivers, David B.
Designed as an introduction to the intriguing world of insect biology, Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination examines familiar entomological topics in nontraditional ways. Author David B. Rivers gives important concepts relatable context through a pop culture lens, and he covers subjects that are not typical for entomology textbooks, including the impact of insects on the human condition, the sex lives of insects, why insects are phat but not fat, forensic entomology, and the threats that some insects pose to humanity.
Each chapter presents clear and concise key concepts, chapter reviews, review questions following Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, web links to videos and other resources, and breakout boxes (called Fly Spots) that capture student interest with unique and entertaining facts related to entomology. Focusing on both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of insect biology and packed with extensive learning resources, Insects covers a wide range of topics suitable for life science majors, as well as non-science students, including:
– the positive and negative influences of insects on everyday human life
– insect abundance
– insect classification (here presented in the context of social media)
– insect feeding, communication, defense, and sex
– how insects are responding to climate change
– forensic entomology
– how insects can be used as weapons of war
– how insects relate to national security
– why insects have wings
– how to read pesticide labels
Microsculpture: Portraits of InsectsArtist/Author: Biss, Levon
Microsculpture is a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science. Levon Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale format to provide an unforgettable viewing experience. Each picture in Microsculpture is created from approximately 8,000 individual photographs. Segments of the specimen are lit and photographed separately, “stacked” to maintain sharp focus throughout, then combined into a single high-resolution file. The project has captured the attention of the world with features in WIRED and New Scientist.
Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Glassberg, Jeffrey
This is a revised second edition of a groundbreaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, the guide covers more than 2,000 species and features over 3,700 large, gorgeous color photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. This second edition includes more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. And range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.
Moths of Victoria: Part Six, Ghost Moths Hepialidae and AlliesArtist/Author: Kallies, Axel, Peter Marriott and Marilyn Hewish
Part six in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part covers the Ghost moths and allies. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144), part seven (16381), part eight (16379).
Moths of Victoria: Part Seven, Bark Moths and Allies, Geometridae (D)Artist/Author: Hewish, Marilyn et al
Part seven in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part is the final of the geometrids covering the bark moths and others. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144) part six (16385), part eight (16379).
Moths of Victoria: Part Eight, Night Moths and Allies Noctuoidea (B)Artist/Author: Marriott, Peter et al.
Part eight in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part is the second book for the diverse superfamily Noctuoidea covering the family Euteliidae and parts of the families Erebidae and Noctuidae. The accompanying CD contains over 300 additional pages of information. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144), part six (16385), part seven (16381).
World’s Weirdest Bugs: The Tiny Aliens Among UsArtist/Author: Zborowski, Paul
Over a million species of insects have already been named, catalogued and pictured. Theories as to how many are still to be named in collections, and discovered for the first time in the wild, vary considerably. However a figure of over 2 million is conservative. Imagine natural selection, the environmental forces acting on the survival of a species in a particular habitat, working over millions of years to adapt forms and behaviour for survival. As these changes are driven by random mutations in huge populations of a species, some of these mutations are neutral. They neither hinder nor help the species to survive. However to us observers some of these mutations can be pretty weird. The colour palette available is almost infinite, the shapes also, and why not have wild coloured eyes, or bizarre lumps, spines and duverlakies? Whatever doesn’t hurt survival can stay and develop further over time…
This book contains example stories from all over the world. The subject is endless, so the last few chapters simply touch on more weird stories for the reader to investigate further. The so-called ‘honorary mentions’, in this hall of weird fame. And no apologies for squeezing in one non-insect chapter – the spider relatives, the Opiliones, are just too quirky to ignore..
Splendid Ghost Moths and their AlliesArtist/Author: Simonsen, Thomas
The first reference to describe the 70 hepialine Hepialidae species in Australia.
The Hepialidae (Ghost Moths) are a family of often spectacular micro-moths. The Australian region is one of the hot spots for hepialid diversity and the fauna is divided into three groups: primitive Hepialidae with small, often overlooked species; oxycanine Hepialidae, containing the large and poorly known genus Oxycanus and its allies; and finally the hepialine Hepialidae, which span from stunning, green Splendid Ghost Moths in the genus Aenetus, to the enormous moths in the genera Zelotypia and Abantiades(which include some of the most impressive insects in the world), to smaller, drab pest species in the genus Oncopera.
Splendid Ghost Moths and Their Allies is the first work to provide comprehensive information about the taxonomy, biology, diversity and morphology of all 70 Australian hepialine Hepialidae species, including the descriptions of 15 species and one genus new to science. Each species is illustrated with colour photographs of males and females and drawings of the genitalia, and the book also contains identification keys to genera and species. Distribution maps and detailed information on where each species is found are included, as well as a species richness map for the group in Australia. This book is an invaluable reference for moth enthusiasts, professional entomologists and nature conservationists alike.
1000 ButterfliesArtist/Author: Hoskins, Adrian
Full of spectacular illustrations, this book presents a photographic guide to the butterflies of the world. It covers 1,000 species from all over the world, encompassing all key families and species, including the likes of monarchs, birdwings, swordtails, morphos, and glasswings. Species are arranged by family and provide details on ID, interesting features and geographical distribution.
This wonderfully illustrated book is essentially a photographic guide to the butterflies of the world.
1,000 Butterflies is the perfect accompaniment to the author’s first title on Butterflies of the World. It is an essential reference for butterfly enthusiasts everywhere, from amateurs right through to academics and features images taken of wild butterflies in their natural surroundings.
Miniature Lives: Identifying Insects in Your Home and GardenArtist/Author: Gleeson, Michelle
Miniature Lives provides a range of simple strategies that people can use to identify and learn more about the insects in their homes and gardens. Featuring a step-by-step, illustrated identification key and detailed illustrations and colour photographs, the book guides the reader through the basics of entomology (the study of insects). Simple explanations, amusing analogies and quirky facts describe where insects live, how they grow and protect themselves, the clues they leave behind and their status as friend or foe in a way that is both interesting and easy to understand.
Gardeners, nature lovers, students, teachers, and parents and grandparents of bug-crazed kids will love this comprehensive guide to the marvellous diversity of insects that surrounds us and the miniature lives they lead.
Insects of South-Eastern Australia: An Ecological and Behavioural GuideArtist/Author: Farrow, Roger
This regional insect identification Field Guide is based on feeding category and host plant. A walk in the bush reveals insects visiting flowers, patrolling the air, burrowing under bark and even biting your skin. Every insect has characteristic feeding preferences and behaviours. Insects of South-Eastern Australia is a unique field guide that uses host plants and behavioural attributes as the starting point for identifying insects. Richly illustrated with colour photographs, the different species of insects found in Australia’s temperate south-east, including plant feeders, predators, parasites and decomposers, are presented.
The guide is complemented by an introduction to the insects of the region, including their environment, classification, life history, feeding strategies and behaviour. Fascinating boxes on camouflage, mimicry and many other topics are also included throughout. Whether you are a field naturalist, entomologist or just want to know what’s in your backyard, Insects of South-Eastern Australia will help you to identify the insects most likely to be encountered, as well as understand the basics of their ecology and behaviour.
Recipient of a 2016 Whitley Award commendation for Illustrated Guide