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This trusted best-seller has been comprehensively updated and expanded to feature accounts of over 1,500 species and insect groups. Included are the most common, most economically and ecologically important, interesting and attractive insects in the region. It features:
- vivid photographs
- easy-to-read text
- detailed accounts covering identification, biology, distribution and related species
- a helpful introduction detailing the significance, life history, collection and photography of insects, and
- quick reference guides on the inside covers to facilitate identification.
Entomologists both amateur and professional, students, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in the natural world will appreciate this illuminating and invaluable guide.
Dr Mike Picker (a lecturer in the Zoology Department, UCT), Professor Charles Griffiths (head of the Zoology Department, UCT) and Alan Weaving (a retired entomologist) have published well over a hundred scientific papers on insect and marine life, a number of popular articles and natural history photographs and several books, including the best-selling A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa (Griffiths, Branch and Beckley) and Weaving's Southern African Insects and their World (2000).
Review of an earlier edition:
"Featuring full-color photography of over 1,200 insect species, Field Guide To Insects Of South Africa is a comprehensive guide to insect fauna of South Africa, now in an updated 2004 edition. Senior Zoology Lecturer Mike Picker, Associate Zoology Professor Charles Griffiths, and retired entomologist Alan Weaving combine their knowledge and expertise in this guide that offers extensive identification details, maps of regional habitats, and basic biology information allowing for quick and simple field identification of insect species. An index of scientific names, and an introduction to insect hunting and classification round out this easy-to-use guide for amateur nature lovers and professional zoologists alike."
– Midwest Book Review