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Insect Predator-Prey Dynamics: Ladybird Beetles and Biological Control

By: AFG Dixon

257 pages, 110 figs, 14 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jun 2000 | #105673 | ISBN: 0521622034
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About this book

Much of our understanding about insect predator-prey dynamics has been due to studies on insect parasitoids. But do true predators such as ladybird beetles really operate in a similar way and how does this affect their use in biological control? The extensive literature on ladybirds as biocontrol agents shows that their size and rate of development is very dependent on the nature of their prey. This volume explores basic ladybird biology, their association with their prey and its effect on development rate and body size.

'Rich in biological detail within a clearly described conceptual framework, this work is both readable and authoritative.' S. G. Compton, Biologist '... a really interesting and worthwhile book, which can be recommended to anyone who is concerned with population dynamics, biological control or general insect ecology.' Mark Young, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Basic biology and structure; 3. Body size; 4. Slow-fast continuum in life history parameters; 5. Foraging behaviour; 6. Cannibalism; 7. Theory of predator-prey interactions; 8. Intraguild predation; 9. Biological control; 10. Epilogue; 11. References; Taxonomic index; Subject index.

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