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Urban Ants of North America and Europe: Identification, Biology, and ManagementArtist/Author: Klotz, John etal.
Ants that commonly invade homes, damage structures, inflict painful bites, or sting humans or their pets are considered pest ants. This illustrated identification guide highlights forty species of ants that pose difficulties in urban settings. Included are well-known invasive troublemakers such as the red imported fire ant and Argentine ant, as well as native species.
After an introductory chapter on the evolution, biology, and ecology of pest ants, the book follows a taxonomic arrangement by subfamily. Each subfamily chapter includes separate illustrated keys to both the genera and species of that group to enable entomologists and pest control professionals to identify pest ants correctly. The species accounts cover biology, distribution, and methods for excluding and/or removing ants from human structures and landscapes. The authors focus on the ants’ biology and nesting behaviour, life cycles, and feeding preferences; an intimate understanding of these factors enables the implementation of the least toxic control methods available.
A chapter on control principles and techniques encompasses chemical strategies, habitat and structural modifications, biological control, and integrated pest management methods. Urban Ants of North America and Europe also contains valuable information on the diagnosis and treatment of human reactions to ant stings and bites. This comprehensive reference work on these economically significant ants includes the scientific, English, French, Spanish, and German names for each species and a summary of invasive ant species in the United States and Europe.
Ants of New Zealand.Artist/Author: Don, Warwick.
Written by the acknowledged expert, this first book on the subject that identifies and describes both native and exotic species. Including notes on identification and collection of ants, it is illustrated throughout with diagrams and photographs, in colour and black and white. The book is the outcome of a lifetime’s research by the author. He reveals that there are 37 established species of ants in New Zealand, 11 of which are considered to be endemic. This leaves 26 that are exotic or introduced, 2 of which are recent arrivals. Three of 4 additional recent arrivals pose serious threats to New Zealand’s invertebrate fauna and economy if they ever become established.New Zealand’s endemic ant fauna comprises a mixture of ‘primitive’ and ‘advanced’ species. Like spiders, ants can tell us something about New Zealand’s Gondwanan past. Questions about the identification of ants are frequently fielded by museums. The illustrations and photographs in this volume will greatly assist this task. For would-be students of ants, there is also a useful chapter on collecting and studying the fauna.
Ants of North America: a guide to the genera.Artist/Author: Fisher, Brian L. and Stefan P. Cover.
Ants are among the most conspicuous and the most ecologically important of insects. This identification guide introduces the fascinating and diverse ant fauna of the United States and Canada. It features an illustrated key to North American ant genera, discusses distribution patterns and explores ant ecology and natural history.
The Bees of the World (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Michener, Charles D.
In this extensive update of his definitive reference, Charles D. Michener reveals a diverse fauna that numbers more than 17,000 species and ranges from the common honeybee to rare bees that feed on the pollen of a single type of plant. With many new facts, reclassifications, and revisions, the second edition of this book provides the most comprehensive treatment of the 1,200 genera and subgenera of the Apiformes. Included are hundreds of new references to work published since the appearance of the first edition. The book begins with extensive introductory sections that include bee evolution, classification of the various bee families, the coevolution of bees and flowering plants, nesting behaviour, differences between solitary and social bees, and the anatomy of these amazing insects. Drawing on modern studies and evidence from the fossil record, Michener reveals what the ancestral bee – the protobee – might have looked like. He also cites the major literature on bee biology and describes the need for further research on the systematics and natural history of bees, including their importance as pollinators of crops and natural vegetation. The greater part of the work consists of an unprecedented treatment of bee systematics, with keys for identification to the subgenus level. For each genus and subgenus, Michener includes a brief natural history describing geographical range, number of species, and noteworthy information pertaining to nesting or floral biology. The book is beautifully illustrated with more than 500 drawings and photographs that depict behaviour, detailed morphology, and ecology. Accented with colour plates of select bees, this book will continue to be the world’s best reference on these diverse insects.
The Sand Wasps: Natural History and BehaviorArtist/Author: Evans, Howard E. and Kevin M. O'Neill.
Providing coverage of sand-wasp tribes, this work offers a tribe-by-tribe, species by species review of studies of the Bembicinae. It is intended for those working on solitary wasps and serves as a useful reference for scientists interested in insect behavioural evolution. Howard Evans was a brilliant ethologist and systematist for whom the joy of science included lying on his belly in some remote location, digging out and diagramming a wasp’s nest. During his career, Evans described over 900 species and authored more than a dozen books, both technical and popular, on a wide range of entomological and natural history subjects. Upon his death in 2002, he left behind an unfinished manuscript, intended as an update (though not a revision) of his classic 1966 work, The Comparative Ethology and Evolution of the Sand Wasps. Kevin O’Neill, Evans’ former student and co-author, has completed and enlarged Evans’ manuscript, to provide coverage of all sand-wasp tribes in Evan’s earlier book. The result is a tribe-by-tribe, species by species review of studies of the Bembicinae that have appeared over the last four decades. The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior already has been hailed by specialists as a new bible for those working on solitary wasps and an essential reference for scientists more broadly interested in insect behavioural evolution.
Bolton’s catalogue of the ants of the world, 1758-2005.Artist/Author: Bolton, Barry, et al.
Barry Bolton’s “New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World”, published in 1995, was the first attempt in more than one hundred years to collect all taxonomic decisions for ants worldwide, including extinct as well as extant taxa. One reviewer said of it, “There is no longer an excuse for nomenclatural mistakes, since all past decisions are recorded here. All future revisions will use this reference as a point of departure.” Now, Gary Alpert, Philip Ward, and Piotr Naskrecki have joined Bolton to produce a completely updated and even more comprehensive edition of Bolton’s monumental work. The new edition incorporates all taxonomic papers – from 1758 through 2005 – on 14,550 species and subspecies of ants. The CD allows every valid species name to be linked to the primary taxonomic citation and to all subsequent taxonomic literature that is relevant. As was true of the earlier edition, both fossil and living ants are covered from the species level up through the subgenus, genus, tribe and subfamily rank. Each species description also records the caste – worker, queen, male, soldier, or minor worker – which was described, along with the page number and any illustrations. Ant larvae descriptions and chromosome papers can be searched within the data set. The ant’s type locality on a country-by-country basis can also be queried from this catalogue.
Asian Honey Bees: Biology, Conservation and Human InteractionsArtist/Author: Oldroyd, Benjamin P. and Siriwat Wongsiri.
The familiar European hive bee, Apis mellifera, has long dominated honey bee research. But in the last 15 years, teams in China, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand began to shift focus to the indigenous Asian honey bees. Benjamin Oldroyd, well known for his work on the genetics and evolution of worker sterility, has teamed with Siriwat Wongsiri, a pioneer of the study of bees in Thailand, to provide a comparative work synthesising the rapidly expanding Asian honey bee literature. After introducing the species, the authors review evolution and speciation, division of labour, communication and nest defence. They underscore the pressures colonies face from pathogens, parasites and predators – including man – and detail the long and amazing history of the honey hunt. This book provides a cornerstone for future investigations on these species, insights into the evolution across species, and a direction for conservation efforts to protect these keystone species of Asia’s tropical forests.
Bumblebees: Ecology and Behaviour (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Goulson, Dave.
Bumblebees are familiar and colourful insects, and they play important roles as pollinators of crops and wildflowers. While some species are now reared commercially and have been distributed around the world to pollinate tomatoes, others have declined greatly. This book outlines the behaviour and ecology of these fascinating insects, and suggests areas where further research is needed.
Pheidole in the new world: a dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus.Artist/Author: Wilson, Edward O.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Species of the genus Pheidole are the most abundant and diverse ants of the New World and range from the northern United States to Argentina. In this richly illustrated book, Edward O. Wilson untangles its classification for the first time, characterizing all 625 known species, 341 of which are new to science, and ordering them into 19 species groups. The author’s keys and drawings, the latter showing complete body views arranged in the style of field books, allow rapid identification by anyone with an elementary understanding of entomology. In presenting all of Pheidole, the book covers one-fifth of the known ant species of the Western Hemisphere, including many of the commonest forms.
Wilson also summarizes our knowledge of the natural history of each species, much of it previously unpublished. In addition, he provides a general account of hyperdiversity, confirming that it is not a statistical artifact but a genuine biological phenomenon that can best be understood by detailed analyses of groups of organisms such as the Pheidole ants.
An important innovation in this book is the inclusion of a CD-ROM containing high-resolution digital images of the type specimens. The CD-ROM is designed to allow quick retrieval of information such as known range, group membership, measurements, and color. The CD-ROM thus will be useful in creating “instant” field guides, comparison charts, and local checklists.
Solitary wasps: behaviour and natural history.Artist/Author: O'Neill, Kevin M.
Topics covered include: classification, foraging and nesting behaviours, mating and parental strategies, thermoregulation, natural enemies, defensive strategies, and directions for future research.
Fire ants.Artist/Author: Taber, Stephen Welton.
In this authoritative book, five economically important species take center stage. These are the red imported fire ant, the black imported fire ant, the tropical fire ant, the southern fire ant, and the golden fire ant. A general introduction and a history of their invasion of North America open the door to additional chapters on natural history, origin and evolution, animals that share the fire ants’ nest, the mixed successes of chemical control, and natural enemies and the hopes for biocontrol. Also examined are the pros and cons of fire ants, their medical importance, and suggestions for future research. The appendices list all known fire ant species and explain how to prepare, preserve, and identify every known species occurring in the United States.Well written and enhanced by an extensive glossary, a thorough bibliography of scientific literature, and more than one hundred photographs, maps, and drawings.
Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee ColoniesArtist/Author: Seeley, Thomas D.
This book is about the inner workings of one of nature’s most complex animal societies: the honey bee colony. It describes and illustrates the results of more than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author. In his investigations, Thomas Seeley has sought the answer to the question of how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources. The results of his research–including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance, and other, more subtle means by which information is exchanged among bees–offer the clearest, most detailed picture available of how a highly integrated animal society works. By showing how several thousand bees function together as an integrated whole to collect the nectar, pollen, and water that sustain the life of the hive, Seeley sheds light on one of the central puzzles of biology: how units at one level of organization can work together to form a higher-level entity. In explaining why a hive is organized the way it is, Seeley draws on the literature of molecular biology, cell biology, animal and human sociology, economics, and operations research. He compares the honey bee colony to other functionally organized groups: multicellular organisms, colonies of marine invertebrates, and human societies. All highly cooperative groups share basic problems: of allocating their members among tasks so that more urgent needs are met before less urgent ones, and of coordinating individual actions into a coherent whole. By comparing such systems in different species, Seeley argues, we can deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that make close cooperation a reality.