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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 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.
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.
The evolutionary biology of flies.Artist/Author: Yeates, David K. and Brian Wiegmann.
Flies (Diptera) have had an important role in deepening scientists’ understanding of modern biology and evolution. The study of flies has figured prominently in major advances in the fields of molecular evolution, physiology, genetics, phylogenetics, and ecology over the last century.
Field guide to grasshoppers, katydids, and crickets of the United States.Artist/Author: Capinera, John L. et al.
This field guide introduces readers to the biology, behaviour, and ecological significance of one of the most obvious (abundant, large, and colorful) and important (ecologically and economically significant) insect groups in North America, the order Orthoptera. A simple, illustrated identification guide assists the reader in distinguishing among the various groups and narrows down the options to expedite identification. The book treats more than a third of the species found in the United States and Canada in brief, easy-to-understand sections that provide information on distribution, identification, ecology, and similar species. Distribution maps accompany each profile, and 206 species are pictured in color. Black-and-white drawings highlight distinguishing characteristics of some of the more difficult-to-identify species. Sonograms provide a graphic representation of the insects’ distinctive sounds, which may be heard on Thomas J. Walker’s website (http://buzz.ifas.ufl.edu). Also available in hardcover, POA.
What good are bugs? Insects in the web of life.Artist/Author: Waldbauer, Gilbert.
Now in paperback. This book, the first to catalogue ecologically important insects by their roles, gives us an enlightening look at how insects work in ecosystems – what they do, how they live, and how they make life as we know it possible. This charmingly illustrated volume captures the full sweep of insects’ integral place in the web of life. Also available in hardcover [stock id 18171].
We shriek about them, slap and spray them, and generally think of insects (when we think of them at all) as pests. Yet, if all insects, or even a critical few, were to disappear if there were none to pollinate plants, serve as food for other animals, dispose of dead organisms, and perform other ecologically essential tasks-virtually all the ecosystems on earth, the webs of life, would unravel. This book, the first to catalogue ecologically important insects by their roles, gives us an enlightening look at how insects work in ecosystemsand how they make life as we know it possible.
Monarch ButterflyArtist/Author: Oberhauser, Karen S., Solensky, Michelle J.
Synthesizes current scientific knowledge on the behaviour, conservation, life cycle, and spectacular migration of this charismatic insect.