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A Guide to Australian MothsArtist/Author: Zborowski, Paul and Ted Edwards.
This highly illustrated guide showcases our remarkable moths and features striking colour photographs of moths in their natural habitat. It introduces their biology, behaviour and environmental importance and describes the 82 families of moths found in Australia. Particular emphasis is given to the most commonly observed or eye-catching species. Curious facts about the more unusual aspects of moth biology are a feature of the text. These include details on day-flying species, camouflage, moths that mimic wasps, larvae with stinging hairs, aquatic groups with larvae that possess gills, the iconic wichetty grubs and bogong moths, the giant tailed Hercules moths of northern Queensland (one of the largest moths in the world, with a wingspan of over 25 cm), moths that release hydrocyanic acid in their defense, even moths that produce ultrasound calls that bats learn to associate with a bad taste. This book emphasises the environmental role of moths, their relationships with other plants and animals and their importance to humans while providing a fascinating introduction to the wide range of moths found in Australia.
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.
A Pictorial Field Guide to the Beetles of Australia: Part one, StigmoderiniArtist/Author: Golding, Mark R.
Part one of a five part series of guides by Mark R. Golding. It details assorted beetles from around Australia and the world. See also [stock id 11950, 12203, 12322, 12505].
World ButterfliesArtist/Author: d'Abrera, Bernard.
A handy guide to the identification of the True Butterflies (Papilionoidea) of the world at least to genus level. This work contains an introductory section that contains information about the biology of the butterfly, life history, migration, distribution, insect diseases, classification, aberrations and more. This gorgeous book is a handy guide to the identification of the True Butterflies (Papilionoidea) of the world at least to genus level. It is a condensed version of the Concise atlas of butterflies of the world (published in 2001). All known butterfly families are represented. An introductory section contains information about the biology of the butterfly, life history, migration, distribution, insect diseases, classification, aberrations and more. The main part of the book consists of 144 plates with more than 6400 accurate colour illustrations at approximately 60 per cent of natural size. At least one species for most of the known genera is shown. The most up-to date taxonomy was used in the brief, authoritative text that accompanies each plate, showing the number of known species in the genus and the distributions of the species. The book is arranged according to 5 faunal regions, and follows as closely as possible the taxonomic sequences within those faunal regions. Beautifully produced, this book is an indispensable quick reference for any serious butterfly enthusiast.
The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia.Artist/Author: Theischinger, Gunther and John Hawking.
Dragonflies and damselflies are conspicuous insects – many are large and brightly coloured. Here for the first time is a comprehensive guide to the Australian dragonfly fauna.
The book includes identification keys not only for adults but also for their larvae, commonly known as ‘mud eyes’ and often used as bait for freshwater fish. With stunning full-colour images and distribution maps, the book covers all 30 families, 110 genera and 324 species found in Australia.
Dragonflies are valuable indicators of environmental well-being. A detailed knowledge of the dragonfly fauna and its changes is therefore an important basis for decisions about environmental protection and management. Their extraordinary diversity will interest entomologists and amateur naturalists alike.
Field guide to insects of South Africa.Artist/Author: Picker, Mike, et al.
This guide will be of value to entomologists, both amateur and professional, as well as to students, nature conservation officers, game rangers, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in natural history. An introductory chapter discusses the insect body, life history, classification and distribution patterns and relatives of southern African insects. It also touches on collecting, displaying and curating insects and explains ‘How to use this book’.
Asian honey bees: biology, conservation and human interactions.Artist/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.
The Other Insect SocietiesArtist/Author: Costa, James T.
Asked to name an insect society, most of us–whether casual or professional students of nature–quickly point to one of the so-called eusocial marvels: the ant colony, the beehive, the termite mound, the wasp nest. Each is awe-inspiring in its division of labor–collective defense, foraging, and nestbuilding. Yet E. O. Wilson cautioned back in 1971 that sociality should be defined more broadly, “in order to prevent the arbitrary exclusion of many interesting phenomena.” Thirty-five years later, James T. Costa gives those interesting phenomena their due. He argues that, in trying to solve the puzzle of how highly eusocial behaviors evolved in a few insect orders, evolutionary biologists have neglected the more diverse social arrangements in the remaining twenty-eight orders–insect societies that don’t fit the eusocial schema. Costa synthesizes here for the first time the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders. This wide-ranging tour takes a rich narrative approach that interweaves theory and data analysis with the behavior and ecology of these remarkable groups. This comprehensive treatment is likely to inspire a new generation of naturalists to take a closer look.
‘The Other Insect Societies provides an encyclopedic and data-rich overview of that sociality, beautifully written with a love for the subjectand with humour. It is a remarkable and eye-opening collation, a ground-breaking and first-class reference work of science and natural history’ – Gaden S Robinson, TLS July 27 2007
Olethreutine moths of Australia (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).Artist/Author: Horak, Mariannne.
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, volume ten. Olethreutine moths often have fruit-boring larvae and this economically important group includes many horticultural pests such as codling moths, Oriental fruit moths and macadamia nut borers. This volume is the first reference to describe the 90 Olethreutine genera present in Australia.
A Dazzle of DragonfliesArtist/Author: Mitchell, Forrest L. and James L. Lasswell.
Pioneers in the electronic imaging of insects, the authors share their spectacular scans of live dragonflies, enhanced with beautiful photographs that showcase them in their natural environment while imparting their lifelong passion for these remarkable creatures.
Atlas of the Cerambycidae of Europe and the Mediterranean area (Volume 1: North and Central Europe).Artist/Author: Sama, Gianfranco.
Volume one covers northern, western, central and eastern Europe, British Isles and continental Europe from France (excl. Corsica) to Scandinavia and Urals. This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us.
Insects of Britain and western Europe: Domino guide.Artist/Author: Chinery, Michael.
Over 2,000 of the most commonly observed and most distinctive insect species of Britain and western Europe, from all orders and most families, are illustrated in this essential pocket guide.