The Lepidopters (moths and butterflies) are one of the largest groups of insects with over 150,000 named species. This book deals with their structure and function, environmental significance, and diversity. Part I provides a review of the main body parts with discussion of function and importance in the lifestyle of the organisms. Further chapters cover feeding, flight, migration, hearing, sound production, defence, and many other aspects of lepidopteran life. The environmental significance of Lepidoptera, which is summarized in Part II, is discussed mainly in terms of larvae as herbivores and as prey. In part III, the author provides a global conspectus of the Lepidopters. He describes the adults and immature stages of each family, and summarizes their biology, classification, and evolutionary relationships within and between groups. This book will be an indispensable reference work for naturalists, professional entomologists, and conservationists for years to come.
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From reviews of the hardback edition: ...an excellent source of information, for the general entomologist and the interested layperson. Bulletin of Entomological Research 'In all respects it is a welcome addition to the available literature on the lepidoptera.' The Entomologists Records '...a major contribution to lepidopterological literature. Oedippus'About the Author:
Malcolm J. Scoble is at The Natural History Museum, London.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1995. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0198549520
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1995. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 1. Introduction PART I: Form and Function 2. The Adult Head: Feeding and Sensation 3. The Adult Thorax: A Study in Function and Effect 4. The Adult Abdomen: Segmentation, and the Genitalia 5. Juvenile Stages 6. Communication: Sound, Hearing and Scent PART II: Biology 7. Environmental and Ecological Importance of Lepidoptera PART III: A Guide to the Major Taxa 8. Introduction to Lepidopteran Classification 9. Primitive Moths 10. Early Heteroneura 11. Lower Ditrysia 12. Higher Ditrysia: Macrolepidopterans. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0198549520
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1995. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0198549520