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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.
The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia: Second EditionArtist/Author: Braby, Michael
A new edition of the bestselling guide to Australian butterflies.
As fascinating as they are beautiful, butterflies are a pleasure to watch and an important group of invertebrates to study. This second edition of the award-winning book The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia is a fully updated guide to all butterfly species on Australia’s mainland and remote islands.
Written by one of Australia’s leading lepidopterists, the book is stunningly illustrated with colour photographs, many of which are new, of each of the 435 currently recognised species. There is also a distribution map and flight chart for each species on the Australian mainland, together with information on similar species, variation, behaviour, habitat, status and larval food plants.
The introduction to the book covers adult structure, higher classification, distribution and habitats, as well as life cycle and behaviour. A new chapter on collecting and preserving butterflies is included. There is also an updated checklist of all species, a glossary, a bibliography and indexes of common and scientific names.
A Field Guide to Insects in Australia: Fourth EditionArtist/Author: Zborowski, Paul and Ross Storey
Identifies insects from all the major insect groups
Whether you’re an amateur insect enthusiast, a student or an entomologist, this completely revised new edition of A Field Guide to Insects in Australia will help you to identify insects from all the major groups. With more photographs, species and up-to-date information, it will enable you to differentiate between a dragonfly and a damselfly or a cricket and a grasshopper. You’ll find cockroaches, termites, praying mantises, beetles, cicadas, moths, butterflies, ants, bees and many more. More than 600 colour photographs show the insects in their natural habitats, while more than 50 line drawings clearly illustrate the differences where identification is tricky.
Paul Zborowski is an entomologist and photographer based in Canberra. He has studied and photographed insect behaviour around the world and now concentrates on maintaining a macro photo collection which can be visited at www.close-up-photolibrary.com. Paul has revised this edition and continued the legacy of his esteemed friend and colleague, Ross Storey.
Ross Storey spent most of his professional life studying, collecting and curating insects for the University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He described many new species and wrote scientific papers, especially on native dung beetles, on which he is a recognised world authority. Before his death in 2008, he worked as a taxonomist and curator of the QDPI’s Mareeba insect collection, one of Australia’s premier collections of tropical insects.
Identifies insects from all the major insect groups.
All about butterflies of Australia.Artist/Author: Sankowsky, Garry.
This book provides a superb introduction to Australia’s varied butterfly species. Early chapters explore lifecycle, with stunning images showing the progression from egg through caterpillar and chrysalis stages to adult butterfly. It also covers subjects such as defence mechanisms (camouflage, mimicry etc), feeding and introduced species. A large section of the book includes identification spreads on key species and families of Australian butterflies. For many species it covers all stages of development, and chrysalises, together with male and female butterflies where they differ significantly in appearance. Another very useful feature is the ‘quick comparison’ guides to similar species. Closing chapters include sections on how to tell a butterfly from a moth, key habitats, threats and conservation, and planting backyards to attract butterflies.
ButterfliesArtist/Author: Orenstein, Ronald, Thomas Marent
This visual feast reveals a multitude of butterfly and moth species from around the globe.
Here are some of the most colorful, spectacular and sometimes weird examples of the world’s butterflies and moths. From the common swallowtail to the iridescent blue morpho, Thomas Marent’s stunning photographs provide a close-up view of the remarkable family of insects known as Lepidoptera. The macro photography complements the enlightening text written by zoologist Ronald Orenstein, who explains the scientific curiosities of these amazing insects. He makes clear how to differentiate between butterflies and moths; how caterpillars camouflage themselves; and how their feeding strategies and evolutionary adaptations help them prevail in the wild.
Examples include such seldom-seen species as the green dragontail (Indonesia), Mexican kite-swallowtail (Costa Rica), the alpine black swallowtail (China) and European sulphurs. Among the many anatomical characteristics profiled are the purpose and differences between butterfly and moth antennae (smell, communication and feel); how some butterflies are amazing mimics, appearing to the untrained eye as nectar-feeding hummingbirds; and how the patterns on their wings, depending on the species, may be spots that make the insects look like larger critters to their predators.
Butterflies has seven sections which provide comprehensive coverage of Lepidoptera. They are:
1. Introduction to Butterflies includes What are butterflies?; Color Patterns; Courtship; Migration; and Climate Change
2. Butterfly Diversity includes Swallowtails; Skippers; Whites, Sulphurs and Yellows; Milkweed Butterflies; Fritillaries; Emperors; Gossamer-winged Butterflies; Metalmarks and more
3. Butterfly Wings covers Flight; Color; Tails and Ornaments; Eyespots and more 4. Butterfly Life History covers Mating; Eggs; Caterpillars; Metamorphosis and more
5. What Butterflies Eat includes Feeding Apparatus; Flowers; Rotting Fruit; Drinking; Puddling and more
6. Butterflies in their Environment covers Predators; Camouflage; Mimicry; Overwintering and more
7. Myriads of Moths includes Day-Flying Moths; Silks; Giants; Mimicry; Wing Pattern; Defense and more.
Butterflies brings to abundant life the unfathomable beauty and variety of butterflies and moths.
Butterflies: a complete guide to their biology and behavior.Artist/Author: Vane-Wright, Dick.
Butterflies immediately catch our attention with their beautiful wing patterns and colours. They exemplify metamorphosis with the creeping caterpillar transforming into a soaring butterfly. They have also come to be creatures of science, revealing much to biologists about evolution and the ecological processes and historical accidents that have generated the diversity of life on Earth. Here, Dick Vane-Wright provides a complete introduction to the biology, natural history, and classification of this major group. Using examples from around the world and eye-catching photographs, he explores what it means to be a butterfly, from how the yellow birdwing finds a mate to why the African gaudy commodores produce adults of different colours.
Seeing butterflies: new perspectives on colour, patterns and mimicry.Artist/Author: Howse, Philip.
This title features superb imagery that reveals astonishing insight into the life of butterflies and moths. It features previously unrecognised examples of butterflies’ mimicry. It will appeal to biologists and artists, as well as anyone interested in wildlife and photography. You can see butterflies with new eyes through Philip Howse’s fascinating text and superb imagery. You can understand the colours and designs on their wings, and the varied and fascinating strategies of behaviour, mimicry and camouflage of the butterflies and moths in your garden, the countryside and in tropical butterfly houses. Whole chapters are devoted to commonly seen groups of butterflies, such as whites, admirals, monarchs, swallowtails, blues, peacocks and passion vine butterflies as well as hawkmoths and giant silkmoths. The superb images will inform and inspire nature-lovers, photographers, artists and scientists.
Fauna of New Zealand Number 72: Micropterigidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera).Artist/Author: Gibbs, George W.
New Zealands micropterigid moths are best described as little jewels of the insect world. With a size range from 5 to 12 mm wingspan, their wings shine with golden or purple iridescence as they flit about amongst ferns, low shrubs and sedges in shady places alongside tracks, forest roadways, and around the edge of forest clearings. They are recognisable from their metallic colouring and the tent-like position of the wings over the body. Their antennae are held more or less erect and diverging, and the head and thorax are exceptionally hairy. Identification of most New Zealand species can be made directly from their colour patterns.
Chasing Monarchs: migrating with the butterflies of passage.Artist/Author: Pyle, Robert Michael.
NEW EDITION. Although no one had ever followed North American monarch butterflies on their annual southward journey to Mexico and California, in the 1990s there were certain assumptions about the nature and form of the migration. But to Robert Michael Pyle, a naturalist with long experience in monarch conservation, the assumed knowledge about the butterflies’ long journey just didn’t make sense. In the autumn of 1996 he set out to uncover the facts, and pursued the monarchs on their long, mysterious flight. This book chronicles Pyle’s 14,000 kilometre long journey to discover firsthand the secrets of the monarchs’ annual migration. Part road trip, part outdoor adventure, and part natural history study, Pyle’s book overturns old theories and provides insights both large and small regarding monarch butterflies, their biology, and their spectacular migratory travels.
Since the book’s first publication, its controversial conclusions have been fully confirmed, and monarchs are better understood than ever before.
The Afterword for this volume not only includes updated information on the myriad threats to monarch butterflies, but also various efforts under way to ensure the future of the world’s most amazing butterfly migration.
Field guide to butterflies of Seychelles: their natural history and conservation.Artist/Author: Lawrence, James and Malinda Crafford-Venter.
Features all 39 species and subspecies so far recorded from the Seychelles Archipelago. Of these 39 taxa, three are considered extinct, with a further five either non-resident or very rare. Of particular interest are the endemic species and subspecies of which there are eight in Seychelles: Euploea mitra, Euploea rogeri, Phalanta philiberti, Colotis evanthe evanthides, Papilio phorbanta nana, Belenois aldabrensis, Eurema floricola aldabrensis and Borbo borbonica morella.
Photographs of living butterflies of most species, and oil paintings of all species make identification simple. Furthermore, all butterflies are illustrated in a series of 14 plates, which will help with the identification of similar-looking taxa. A brief account of the habits, flight periods, habitat, distribution, larval food plants, and taxonomy (where applicable) of each taxon is provided.
The detailed introductory section discusses Seychelles geography, climate, vegetation and butterfly biology, including taxonomy, life cycle, adult intraspecific variation, mimicry, biogeography and conservation. An index to scientific and common names is included.