208 pages, 244 colour photos, 140 line illus, key
Insects are everywhere. Over a million species inhabit our planet. More than 86 000 species have been identified in Australia so far, although the final number may actually be twice as high. Insects are in our houses, gardens and cities and, of course, in the bush. They tunnel in trees, crawl into cupboards, live around our ponds and bury themselves in muddy sediments or subterranean holes. They live in leaf litter, leap through tall grasses, build turrets and towers and scramble over our food.
Whether you're an amateur insect enthusiast, a student or an entomologist, this updated and revised third edition of A Field Guide to Insects in Australia will help you to identify insects from all the major insect groups. With more photographs and up-to-date information, it will enable you to differentiate between a dragonfly and a damselfly or a cricket and a grasshopper. You'll find cockroaches, termites, praying mantids, beetles, cicadas, moths, butterflies, ants and bees. More than 300 colour photographs show the insects in their natural habitat. The line drawings clearly illustrate subtle differences where identification is tricky.
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Paul Zborowski is an entomologist and photographer based in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Queensland. He has studied and photographed insect behaviour around the world and now concentrates on maintaining a macro photo collection which can be visited at www.close-up-photolibrary.com. Paul has revised this edition and continued the legacy of his esteemed friend and colleague, Ross Storey.
Ross Storey spent most of the professional life making collections of insects for the University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He also wrote scientific papers on Australian native dung beetles, on which he is a recognised world authority. Before his death, he worked as a curator of the QDPI's Mareeba insect collection, one of Australia's premier collections of tropical insects.