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African Queens and Their Kin: A Darwinian Odyssey

By: David AS Smith(Author)

892 pages, 80 plates with colour & b/w photos and colour illustrations; b/w illustrations, tables

Brambleby Books

Hardback | Nov 2014 | #205124 | ISBN-13: 9781908241153
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £89.99 $122/€101 approx

About this book

The African Queen is one of the world's commonest butterflies, principally in Africa and Asia. African Queens and Their Kin concerns its lifecycle and ecology, behaviour, genetics, host preferences, parasites and migration, and especially its phylogeny and evolution. This is a monumental study and will appeal to all biologists interested in this topic area.

"David Smith has devoted much of his life-long leisure time, as well as having spent some extended research periods, studying the African butterflies within the genus Danaus, known generally as 'Queens'. If this makes it sound as if he is a knowledgeable amateur, then this is certainly not what I intended. His work is scholarly, authoritative and very extensive and this is an outstandingly interesting book. [...] To say that there is a wealth of important detail here is a gross under-statement. There are nearly 800 pages of excellent material, well presented, clearly written an many relevant tables, diagrams and photographs. [...] This book can be well recommended and is a remarkable achievement."
– Mark Young, BES Bulletin 46(4), December 2015


Part I: The Genus Danaus
1. Introduction   1
2. Lives of the Danaans   13
3. Who's Who among the Danaans?   119

Part II: African Queens and their mimics
4. Nature's tablet: the inheritance of wing colour pattern   187
5. Daughters of Danaus: all-female families   229
6. Sons of Aegyptus: male killing   277
7. He proposes, she disposes: mate choice   315
8. Illicit liaisons and the Wallace effect   349
9. The rank-scented many   387
10. Things are seldom what they seem   447
11. The Diadem: dupe or auxiliary?   475
12. The Queen's Diadem   523
13. Allies and auxiliaries   563
14. Epilogue   593

Glossary   627
References   637
Appendices   715
Abbreviations   749

Geographical Index   753
Subject Index   761
Taxonomic Index   787

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