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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 authors 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 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.
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
A Guide to the Cockroaches of AustraliaArtist/Author: Rentz, David.
Cockroaches! Even a mere mention of the word causes many people to recoil in horror. However, of the hundreds of species of cockroaches (or blattodeans as they are known) found in Australia, only a small number of them give the group a bad name. Just a few species that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and hospitals are responsible for thousands of dollars in expenditure to comply with health standards.
A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia is a comprehensive account of most of the 550 described species found in Australia. The book reveals their diversity and beauty, it looks in detail at their morphology, habitats and ecology, and explains how to collect and preserve them. Importantly, it will allow pest controllers, students and researchers to reliably identify most of the common pest species as well as the non-pest cockroaches. It will also, perhaps, go some way towards elevating the reputation of these much-maligned insects, and promote further study of them.
High quality photographs of most commonly encountered species and illustrated keys allow users to make a reasonable identification of known species or direct them to the relevant literature to do so. Provides a guide to collection, preservation and storage of cockroach specimens for future study. Outlines techniques of wing preservation and genitalic dissection, so critically important in reliable cockroach identification.
Lepidoptera and conservation.Artist/Author: New, T. R.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. The third in a trilogy of global overviews of conservation of diverse and ecologically important insect groups. The first two were Beetles in conservation and Hymenoptera and Conservation. Each has different priorities and emphases that collectively summarise much of the progress and purpose of invertebrate conservation. Much of the foundation of insect conservation has been built on concerns for Lepidoptera, particularly butterflies as the most popular and best studied of all insect groups. The long-accepted worth of butterflies for conservation has led to elucidation of much of the current rationale of insect species conservation, and to definition and management of their critical resources, with attention to the intensively documented British fauna ‘leading the world’ in this endeavour. In this book, various themes are treated through relevant examples and case histories, and sufficient background given to enable non-specialist access. Intended for not only entomologists but conservation managers and naturalists due to its readable approach to the subject.
The Bee Book: Beekeeping in AustraliaArtist/Author: Warhurst, Peter and Roger Goebel.
This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detailed information on honeybees and on every aspect of responsible, successful beekeeping. It also covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia where, in contrast to cooler areas, bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout the winter. Also discussed are palletisation and the small hive beetle, plus an expanded list of agricultural chemicals and their toxicities to bees.
Bees: A Natural HistoryArtist/Author: O'Toole, Christopher.
Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically, bees. Today the 16-20,000 species of bee continue to play vital roles in human ecology. We survive only by grace of the life-sustaining network of bee-plant relationships. This book immerses readers in the world of Apinae whose diversity of form and behaviour is eloquent testimony to the fine-tuning of natural selection. This beautifully illustrated, appreciative tribute will be welcomed by entomologists, students and all naturalist readers.
Australian Beetles Volume 1: Morphology, Classification and KeysArtist/Author: Lawrence, John F. and Adam Slipinski.
The first in what will be a three-volume series presenting a comprehensive treatment of the beetles of Australia, a relatively under-studied fauna including many unusual and unique lineages found nowhere else in the world. This first volume updates and expands Lawrence and Britton’s out-of-print Australian beetles, with improved keys to all beetle families found in Australia, expanded family diagnoses as well as modern classification and additional illustrations. The introduction to beetle morphology and anatomical terms clarify characters and terminology used in the keys; few other resources for beetle identification include such a detailed morphological background.
Monarch butterfly in New Zealand.Artist/Author: Gibbs, George.
An accessible beginner’s guide to New Zealand’s most domesticated and observed butterfly. This book, aimed at younger readers, is a response to the unique educational opportunity that the monarch offers. Many New Zealand children have had their first fascinating introduction to biology while observing the life cycle of the monarch in their own backyards: nurturing the larva by ensuring a good supply of milkweeds for it to feast upon, marvelling at the exquisite pupa it creates for its final stage of development and, if they are lucky, watching the fully-formed butterfly finally emerge. For this book author George Gibbs worked with the Entomological Society of New Zealand to revise his earlier book, The Monarch Butterfly (Reed 1994), and produce an up-to-date survey of what is known about this remarkable butterfly, examining in detail the life cycle of the monarch, discussing its special features, habits, behaviours and means of survival, and investigating how it came to New Zealand. With stunning photographs to illustrate the text, this is an accessible and visually appealing guide to a captivating creature.
The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love InsectsArtist/Author: Lockwood, Jeffrey A.
The psychological connections between humans and insects are tantalizing and complex. Through both evolutionary associations and cultural representations, insects have deeply infested our minds. They frighten, disgust, and sometimes enchant us. Whatever the case, few of us are ambivalent in the face of wasps, cockroaches, spiders, maggots, crickets or butterflies. They arouse terror, nausea, fascination-but rarely, if ever, indifference. And the costs of fear can be high, both in terms of the quality of individual lives and with regard to our social responses, from soaking our food with insecticides to overlooking our dependence on the ecological roles of insects (including those on the brink of extinction). The book is an examination of what scientists, philosophers, and writers have learned about the human-insect relationship. Jeffrey Lockwood is an entomologist himself and yet still experiences bouts of entomophobia; in fact, his seemingly paradoxical response to certain insects and scenarios is what prompted him to write this book. The book explores the nature of anxiety and phobia and the line between them.
It examines entomophobia in the context of the nature-nurture debate, posing the question: how much of our fear of insects can be attributed to our ancestors’ predisposition to avoid insects to benefit their own survival, and how much is learned through parents? Using his own and others’ experiences with entomophobia as case studies, Lockwood breaks down common reactions to insects, distinguishing between fear and disgust, and inviting the reader to consider his/her own emotional, cognitive, and physiological reactions to insects in a new light.