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Living lights: the glowworms of Australia and New Zealand.Artist/Author: Plowman, Cathie and David Merritt.
This book is an introduction to glowworms from the order Diptera which includes flies. They are all in the genus Arachnocampa, which has one species in New Zealand and eight species in eastern Australia.
Of peaches and maggots: the story of the Queensland fruit fly.Artist/Author: Courtice, A.C.
The story is not a simple entomological treatise on the subject, Queensland fruit fly, but an investigation of the farmers, government officials and scientists who have had to deal with the fruit fly, their varied responses, and ultimately, the authors own investigations.
Colonial and agricultural history are involved. Scientific history and biography are involved. Some of the authors autobiography is interpolated, as he is an actor in the story as well as its historian. And of course, there is inevitably entomology, although you can probably skip that if you find it uninteresting.
The conclusions and implications point to a particular interpretation or re-interpretation of Darwinian evolution; they point to the impacts of a foreign horticulture and colonial mentality on a new continent; and if you dont know in advance what is the crucial discovery that explains the flys resilience as a pest, there is an element of a scientific mystery story here.
Mosquitoes of the southeastern United States.Artist/Author: Burkett-Cadena, Nathan D.
A full-colour, highly illustrated guide to the sixty-four known species of mosquitoes in eleven genera that populate the South, from the Gulf coastal states to the Carolinas. In addition to detailed and fully illustrated identification keys for both larvae and adults, this book includes information on the mosquito’s lifecycle, interaction with humans, and biological diversity in the southeast. This area of the country has a rich mosquito fauna with diverse species ranging from the tiny pitcher plant mosquito to the brilliantly coloured cannibal mosquito. Close-up photographs of live adults showcase their widely varied and beautiful bodies while remarkable images made with the aid of a microaquarium reveal the differences in larval stages of the subjects. For each species described, Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena provides biological information including distribution maps, habitat associations of the larvae and adults, range of animals fed upon, and importance from a medical standpoint. This book’s usefulness to mosquito control programs in the Southeast and beyond cannot be overstated. Not only for native species, but for new species introduced from exotic locales, mosquitoes must be properly identified in order to know how best to control them. This volume will also be valuable to medical and public health specialists working on mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and filariasis.
This book is the first guide to integrate full-colour photography, illustrated keys, and current information on the biology of mosquitoes into one definitive resource.
Mosquito eradication: the story of killing Campto.Artist/Author: Kay, Brian H. and Richard C. Russell, editors.
Explores the successful eradication program implemented to rid New Zealand of the Southern saltmarsh mosquito. In 1998, the Southern saltmarsh mosquito Aedes camptorhynchus (Campto) was accidentally transported from Australia to Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. From there it dispersed to another ten localities mainly on the North Island. After an investment of NZ$70 million over 10 years, this saltmarsh carrier of Ross River virus was eradicated in a world first program which surprised many. How did it get there? How did it spread? How did the team cope when it arrived at Kaipara Harbour, said to be the largest harbour in New Zealand? This book draws together the entire unprecedented campaign, uncovering the twists and turns and nasty surprises the team had to deal with along the way. Written in an approachable way, it also contains new unpublished technical information which will be sought after by professionals.