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Attracting Butterflies to your GardenArtist/Author: Clyne, Densey.
This book is for those people who want to see more butterflies fluttering into their backyards. The life cycle of 32 common Australian butterflies are featured here, together with the names of the plants on which they like to feed. There are practical ways of turning any garden, large or small, formal or informal, country or suburban, into a butterfly garden. By carefully planning your planting, you can persuade these delightful creatures to take up residence with you. This edition has been fully revised and updated, including new species and distribution maps. Stunning photographs will help you identify not only the butterflies themselves but also the caterpillars and sometimes even their eggs and pupae.
Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae): Primary Types of the Smithsonian InstitutionArtist/Author: Lingafelter, Stephen W.et al.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. In terms of quantity and breadth, the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of longhorned woodboring beetles is one of the most important in the world. The effort to establish and describe this collection began as early as 1889, when the Smithsonian hired its first coleopterist (who was also only the second salaried entomologist at the Institution). In the years that followed, the collection grew thanks to the work of not only Smithsonian and U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologists, but also passionate amateur coleopterists who collected thousands of beetle specimens as they traveled the world for their professional occupations and then donated their unique collections to the Smithsonian. By 1957, the collection included nearly 200,000 specimens from around the world. Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae): Primary Types of the Smithsonian Institution is the first complete catalog of Coleoptera primary types housed at the Smithsonian and includes stunning full-color images of each type specimen. The product of more than a decade of curatorial research and care, it reaffirms the superior international status of this truly remarkable collection.
The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature’s GemsArtist/Author: Bouchard, Patrice, editor.
Boasting an extraordinary visual diversity, beetles make up more than one fifth of all known life forms on earth. This book presents 600 significant examples, selected as part of a genome program. They are shown in glorious high definition photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving offering a side or open-winged view. Each profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimens importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behaviour, and scientific significance. Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety, importance and beauty of beetles.
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.
Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of PassageArtist/Author: Pyle, Robert Michael.
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.
A manual for the identification of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Guinea, Maluku, and the Solomon Islands.Artist/Author: Michalski, John.
The first comprehensive guide to all 620 species of dragonflies of New Guinea and the neighbouring islands, which is home to ten percent of the worlds dragonfly fauna. Nearly half of the species are found nowhere else on Earth. The book includes 1275 illustrations and eight pages of color plates showing representative species and habitats, introductory sections on structure, habitat, history, collection and photography, as well as appendices discussing taxonomic questions and a full bibliography. Also included are illustrated keys to all taxa, and illustrations of larval forms where known.
Moths of Victoria: Part Five, Satin Moths and Allies, Geometroidea (A).Artist/Author: Hewish, Marilyn.
Part five in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part covers the Satin moths and allies. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part six (16385), part seven (16381), part eight (16379).
The Insects: An Outline of EntomologyArtist/Author: Gullan, P.J. and P.S. Cranston.
This established, popular textbook provides a stimulating and comprehensive introduction to the insects, the animals that represent over half of the planet’s biological diversity. In this new fifth edition, the authors introduce the key features of insect structure, function, behaviour, ecology and classification, placed within the latest ideas on insect evolution. Much of the book is organised around major biological themes – living on the ground, in water, on plants, in colonies, and as predators, parasites/parasitoids and prey.
A strong evolutionary theme is maintained throughout. The ever-growing economic importance of insects is emphasized in new boxes on insect pests, and in chapters on medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management. Updated ‘taxoboxes’ provide concise information on all aspects of each of the 27 major groupings (orders) of insects. All chapters are thoroughly updated with the latest results from international studies. It features an accompanying website with downloadable illustrations and links to video clips. All chapters to include new text boxes of topical issues and studies. It presents major revision of systematic and taxonomy chapter. Still beautifully illustrated with more new illustrations from the artist, Karina McInnes.
Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of InsectsArtist/Author: Shaw, Scott Richard.
This book provides a sweeping account of insects’ evolution from their humble arthropod ancestors into the bugs we know today. Leaving no stone unturned, Shaw explores how evolutionary innovations such as small body size, wings, metamorphosis, and parasitic behavior have enabled insects to disperse widely, occupy increasingly narrow niches, and survive global catastrophes in their rise to global dominance. Through buggy tales at turns bizarre and comical – from caddisflies that construct portable houses or weave silken aquatic nets to trap floating debris, to parasitic wasp larvae that develop in the blood of host insects and, by storing waste products in their rear ends, are able to postpone defecation until after they emerge – he not only unearths how changes in our planet’s geology, flora, and fauna contributed to insects’ success, but also how, in return, insects came to shape terrestrial ecosystems and amplify biodiversity. Indeed, in his visits to modern earth’s hyperdiverse rain forests to highlight the current insect extinction crisis, Shaw reaffirms just how critical these tiny beings are to planetary health and human survival. In this age of honeybee die-offs and bedbugs hitching rides in the spines of library books, Planet of the Bugs charms with humor, affection, and insight into the world’s six-legged creatures, revealing an essential importance that resonates across time and space.
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 Queensland Fruit FlyArtist/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 author’s own investigations.
Colonial and agricultural history are involved. Scientific history and biography are involved. Some of the author’s autobiography is interpolated, as he is an actor in the story as well as its historian. And of course, there is entomology. 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 don’t know in advance what is the crucial discovery that explains the fly’s resilience as a pest, there is an element of a scientific mystery story here.
Bumblebees of North America: An Identification GuideArtist/Author: Williams, Paul, et al.
More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions. The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous color variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of color morphs and social castes. A landmark publication, Bumble Bees of North America sets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects. The best guide yet to the 46 recognized bumble bee species in North America north of Mexico. Up-to-date taxonomy includes previously unpublished results. Detailed distribution maps Extensive keys identify the many color patterns of species