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A Guide to Crickets of AustraliaArtist/Author: Rentz, David, You Ning Su
Identify Australia’s crickets with this detailed and fully illustrated guide.
Cricket song is a sound of the Australian bush. Even in cities, the rasping calls signify Australia’s remarkable cricket biodiversity. Crickets are notable for a variety of reasons. When their population booms, some of these species become agricultural pests and destroy crop pastures. Some introduced species are of biosecurity concern. Other crickets are important food sources for native birds, reptiles and mammals, as well as domestic pets. Soon you might even put them in your cake or stir-fry, as there is a rapidly growing industry for cricket products for human consumption.
Featuring keys, distribution maps, illustrations and detailed colour photographs from CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection, A Guide to Crickets of Australia allows readers to reliably identify all 92 described genera and many species from the Grylloidea (true crickets) and Gryllotalpoidea (mole crickets and ant crickets) superfamilies. Not included are the Raspy Crickets (Gryllacrididae), King Crickets (Anostostomatidae) or the so-called ‘Pygmy Mole Crickets’ (Caelifera), which despite their common names are not related to true crickets. Natural history enthusiasts and professionals will find this an essential guide.
Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern AustraliaArtist/Author: Braby, M.F., D.C. Franklin, D.E. Bisa and M.R. Williams
Northern Australia is one of few tropical places left on Earth in which biodiversity — and the ecological processes underpinning that biodiversity — is still relatively intact. However, scientific knowledge of that biodiversity is still in its infancy and the region remains a frontier for biological discovery. The butterfly and diurnal moth assemblages of the area, and their intimate associations with vascular plants (and sometimes ants), exemplify these points. However, the opportunity to fill knowledge gaps is quickly closing: proposals for substantial development and exploitation of Australia’s north will inevitably repeat the ecological devastation that has occurred in temperate southern Australia — loss of species, loss of ecological communities, fragmentation of populations, disruption of healthy ecosystem function and so on — all of which will diminish the value of the natural heritage of the region before it is fully understood and appreciated. Written by several experts in the field, the main purpose of this atlas is to compile a comprehensive inventory of the butterflies and diurnal moths of northern Australia to form the scientific baseline against which the extent and direction of change can be assessed in the future. Such information will also assist in identifying the region’s biological assets, to inform policy and management agencies and to set priorities for biodiversity conservation.
Australian Longhorn Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), Volume 2: Subfamily CerambycinaeArtist/Author: Ślipiński, Stanisław Adam, Hermes E Escalona
Longhorn Beetles – Cerambycidae are one of the most easily recognised groups of beetles, a family that worldwide encompasses over 33,000 species in 5,200 genera. With over 1,400 species classified in 300 genera, this is the sixth largest among 117 beetle families in Australia.
These beetles often attack and kill living forest or orchard trees and develop in construction timber (like the European House borer, introduced to WA), causing serious damage. Virtually all Cerambycidae feed on living or dead plant tissues and play a significant role in all terrestrial environments where plants are found. Larvae often utilise damaged or dead trees for their development, and through feeding on rotten wood form an important element of the saproxylic fauna, speeding energy circulation in these habitats. Many species are listed as quarantine pests because of their destructive role to the timber industry.
This second of three volumes on Australian Longhorn Beetles covers the taxonomy of genera of the Cerambycinae, with comments on natural history and morphology. One hundred and forty-two Cerambycinae genera are diagnosed and described, an illustrated key to their identification is provided, and images illustrate representatives of genera and of actual type specimens. A full listing of all Australian species with synonymies and bibliographic citations is also included.
A Guide to Stag Beetles of AustraliaArtist/Author: Hangay, George, Roger de Keyzer
A comprehensive, stunningly illustrated guide to this unusual and diverse family of beetles.
Most Australian stag beetles live secretive lives, spending the majority of their life cycle inside decaying timber or under logs sunken in the soil. Yet these active recyclers of the forest are admired by beetle-loving people worldwide. Their aesthetic appeal and the rarity of some species make them of great value to collectors: the beetles in the subfamily Lampriminae are splendidly colourful, while others show an amazing variety in male mandible size and structure.
A Guide to Stag Beetles of Australia is a comprehensive account of the 95 lucanid species found in Australia. This book reveals their diversity and beauty, looks in detail at their morphology, habitats and ecology, and explains how to collect, keep and preserve them. Natural history enthusiasts and professional and amateur coleopterists alike will benefit from the use of this guide.
The book features some stunning images from entomologist and photographer Paul Zborowski. Paul has over 40 years’ experience of field-based study of insects and related creatures in habitats all over the world.
A Guide to Australian Tiger BeetlesArtist/Author: Golding, Mark R
Many years travelling around Australia combined with a passion for the ‘little’ things which are so important for a healthy life have been compiled to produce this author’s view of the rarely seen group of insect predators, the tiger beetles. As Mark says ‘If we are aware of something, we have a better chance of helping it survive.’
This excellent photographic guide offers people a chance to get familiar with some of the most timid and least seen top order invertebrate predators in Australia – the carnivorous tiger beetles. It is designed to enhance our understanding of our own backyard as there is a massive amount of insect destruction.
A Guide to Camponotus Ants of AustraliaArtist/Author: McArthur, Archie
This guide presents an authoritative, marvelously illustrated and easily digestible account of more than 130 Camponotus ant species across Australia. Whether a professional scientist, amateur specialist or layperson, this Guide to Camponotus Ants of Australia is sure to fascinate and enthral readers — Ian Whittington
The Contented BeeArtist/Author: Organic Gardener Magazine
All the buzz on keeping backyard bees – an informative and inspirational handbook full of advice, experience and stories from experts and enthusiasts.
With bees worldwide in deadly peril, Australians are keen to lend a helping hand. Keeping a hive or three has become a popular lifestyle trend – and it’s more achievable than you might think.
Whether you’re in the inner city, suburbs or on acreage, keeping bees can be easy, low-fuss and fun for the whole family to get involved in – imagine bottling your very own honey! This lively guide features inspirational experiences and gorgeous photos from scores of enthusiasts across Australia who have sweetened their lives by keeping bees. Practical chapters by a range of experts give the low-down on getting started, caring for your bees, harvesting your honey and wax (with recipes), troubleshooting, what to plant to help out your little workers, and great information on the popular option of keeping native stingless bees.
The Contented Bee will inspire you to help out the bees – and enrich your own life, too!
Bees of Australia: A Photographic ExplorationArtist/Author: Dorey, James
Discover the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native bees.
Bees are the darlings of the insect world. It is a joy to see these insects hard at work, peacefully buzzing from flower to flower. Many people recognise the worth of bees, as well as that they face multiple threats. But very few know about the diversity and importance of our native bee species. There are an estimated 2000 to 3000 bee species in Australia, yet we know very little about the vast majority of these and there are many that are yet to be described.
Bees of Australia introduces some of our incredible native bees, many of which, if you look closely, can be found in your own garden. Open this book wherever you like or read it from cover to cover. The combination of photography and contributions from some of Australia’s leading bee researchers allows anyone to become enthralled by our native bees. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking closer at every flower that you pass in search of our wonderful native bees.
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.
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).