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Australian Longhorn Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), Volume 1: Introduction and Subfamily Lamiinae.Artist/Author: Ślipiński, Stanisław Adam, Hermes E Escalona
The first volume of a three volume set, this book provides a general introduction to the Australian Cerambycidae with sections on biology, phylogeny and morphology of adult and larvae, followed by the keys to the subfamilies and an overview of the 74 genera of the subfamily Lamiinae occurring in Australia. All Lamiinae genera are diagnosed, described and illustrated and an illustrated key to their identification is provided. A full listing of all included Australian species with synonymies and bibliographic citations is also included.
Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae) are one of the most easily recognised groups of beetles, a family that worldwide encompasses over 33,000 species in 5,200 genera. With over 1,400 species classified in 300 genera, this is the sixth largest among 117 beetle families in Australia.
These beetles often attack and kill living forest or orchard trees and develop in construction timber (like European House borer, introduced to WA), causing serious damages. Virtually all Cerambycidae feed on living or dead plant tissues and play a significant role in all terrestrial environments where plants are found. Larvae often utilise damaged or dead trees for their development, and through feeding on rotten wood form an important element of the saproxylic fauna, speeding energy circulation in these habitats. Many species are listed as quarantine pests because of their destructive role to the timber industry.
Dragonflight: in search of Britain’s dragonflies and damselflies.Artist/Author: Taylor, Marianne.
This book is an account of two years spent getting to know Britain’s most dazzling and enigmatic insects – the dragonflies and damselflies. The quest to find, photograph, watch and learn about dragons and damsels took the author on a tour of diverse and lovely wetlands up and down Britain, from the rugged wild peat bogs of north-west Scotland to the languid meanders of the Oxfordshire Thames. The account describes close encounters with the dragons and damsels themselves, set against backdrops of rich and vital habitats teeming with a range of other wildlife. It is also packed with background detail on dragonfly and damselfly natural history, and wetland ecology in general. The text is enlivened with line drawings and a section of colour photographs.
Dragonfly.Artist/Author: Chandler, David and Steve Cham.
Supremely colourful, among the most voracious predators of the insect world and on the wing for more than 300 million years, dragonflies and damselflies capture the imagination in so many ways. Yet many aspects of their fascinating lives are little-known to humans. This book provides an insight into a hidden world through engaging text and stunning close-up photography. This book combines insightful writing with rarely seen images of the life and behaviour of the world’s dragonfly and damselfly species. There are chapters on subjects such as hunting, courtship and the emergence of the nymphs and their subsequent transformation into adult dragonflies. These insects are further brought to life through the personal experiences of the author and photographers, and these are woven into the text.
Ladybirds.Artist/Author: Roy, Helen E. et al.
Completely revised and updated, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the biology of ladybirds and their parasites, focusing on ecology in an evolutionary context. It provides the latest information and makes suggestions for further research, both short and long term, highlighting gaps in knowledge and showing readers how to get involved with recording and studying ladybirds. It includes updated keys for the identification of ladybirds at late-instar larval and adult stages, and techniques for studying ladybirds and their parasites in both laboratory and field. A wonderful tool for the professional and naturalist alike.
Bug music: how insects gave us rhythm and noise.Artist/Author: Rothenberg, David.
In looking at cicadas, as well as other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects, this book considers the radical notion that humans got our idea of rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the world of insect sounds that surrounded our species during the millions of years over which we evolved. Rothenberg explores a unique part of our relationship with nature and sound – the music of insects that has provided a soundtrack for humanity throughout the history of our species
This book continues Rothenberg’s research and writing on the relationship between human and animal music, and it follows him as he explores the exotic insect markets in Shanghai, plays his saxophone with crickets and other insects, and confers with researchers and scientists nationwide.
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Kirton, Laurence G.
An easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. High quality photographs from top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species.
Professional breeders series: Giant beetles of the Genera Dynastes and Magaoma.Artist/Author: Weigelt, Alexander.
A highly illustrated guide to the genera Dynastes, Megasoma and Golofa from the southern regions of the USA and Central and South America. Drawing on years of experience, Alexander Weigelt provides a detailed introduction to the breeding and keeping of these beetles in captivity.
The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social EvolutionArtist/Author: Page, Robert E.
Synthesising the findings of decades of experiments, this book presents a comprehensive picture of the genetic and physiological mechanisms present in honey bee colonies and explains how bees’ complex social behaviour has evolved over millions of years. Robert Page, one of the foremost honey bee geneticists in the world, sheds light on how the coordinated activity of hives arises naturally when worker bees respond to stimuli in their environment. The actions they take in turn alter the environment and so change the stimuli for their nest mates. For example, a bee detecting ample stores of pollen in the hive is inhibited from foraging for more, whereas detecting the presence of hungry young larvae will stimulate pollen gathering. Division of labour, Page shows, is an inevitable product of group living, because individual bees vary genetically and physiologically in their sensitivities to stimuli and have different probabilities of encountering and responding to them. A fascinating window into self-organising regulatory networks of honey bees, this book applies genomics, evolution, and behaviour to elucidate the details of social structure and advance our understanding of complex adaptive systems in nature.
Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big YearArtist/Author: Pyle, Robert Michael.
With a love for adventure as great as his love for butterflies, one of America’s best-known lepidopterists set himself an irresistible challenge: how many of the 800 species of butterflies known in the U.S. could he track down in a single year? Packing little more than a butterfly net and favourite binoculars in his well-travelled 1982 Honda, Robert M. Pyle embarked on the first Butterfly Big Year – a 365-day, 88,000-mile sprint to every corner of America. “Mariposa Road” is part road-trip tale, part travelogue, and part memoir of people and species Pyle encountered along the way. Most of all, the book is an unprecedented, intimate view of the entrancing world of butterflies, with new attention to their habitats in a time of environmental stress and climate change. From the California coastline in company with overwintering monarchs to the far northern tundra in pursuit of mysterious sulphurs and arctics, from the zebras of the Everglades to the leafwings and bluewings of the lower Rio Grande, Pyle completed an extraordinary journey, ruled always by surprise and discovery. With exuberance, humour, and honesty, he shares his adventures – and his amazing list of species, both identified and experienced.
Butterflies of the South Pacific.Artist/Author: Patrick, Brian and Hamish Patrick.
From Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji in the west, to the far-flung Marquesas and Austral Islands in French Polynesia in the east, the Pacific Ocean covers over 50 million square kilometres. This book surveys (and discovers) the butterfly inhabitants of these tropical islands. For completeness, Hawai’i to the north and to the south temperate New Zealand, are also included. Species accounts include full colour photographs and details of wingspan, distribution, status and foodplants. The final chapter considers the impacts of human migration and population growth, and identifies conservation issues.
Moths of Victoria: Part Four, Emeralds and Allies, Geometridae (B).Artist/Author: Marriott, Peter
Part four in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part covers the Emeralds and allies. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part five (14144) part six (16385), part seven (16381), part eight (16379).
Field Guide to the Ants of New EnglandArtist/Author: Ellison, Aaron M. et al.
Detailing over 140 ant species that are found in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, this book is the first guide for this area dedicated solely to ants. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 line illustrations, 300 photographs, and regional distribution maps for each species, this guide will prove essential for amateur and professional naturalists, biologists, teachers, students, environmental managers and pest-control professionals. The detailed line illustrations and species descriptions, together with the high-magnification photographs, will allow anyone to identify and learn about ants and their diversity, ecology, life histories, and beauty. In addition, the book includes sections on natural history and collecting ants, ant ecology and evolution, and patterns of geographic distribution and diversity that will help everyone gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ants.