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A Guide to the Cockroaches of AustraliaArtist/Author: Rentz, David.
OUT OF PRINT. 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.
Volume 2, see stock ID 21346
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.
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.
Bugs Rule: An Introduction to the World of InsectsArtist/Author: Cranshaw, Whitney and Richard Redak.
Provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their non insect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. Richly illustrated by over 800 colour photographs, this textbook provides a concise overview of the basics of entomology with numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviours, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more. It covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders while also providing a thorough review of the non insect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans.