All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata)

The Metalwing Demoiselles (Neurobasis and Matronoides) of the Eastern Tropics Their Identification and Biology

Monograph
By: Albert G Orr and Matti Hämäläinen
115 pages, Colour photos, illust, watercolours
The Metalwing Demoiselles (Neurobasis and Matronoides) of the Eastern Tropics
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • The Metalwing Demoiselles (Neurobasis and Matronoides) of the Eastern Tropics ISBN: 9789838121231 Hardback Aug 2007 Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
    £64.99
    #172761
Selected version: £64.99
About this book Customer reviews Related titles

About this book

The metalwing demoiselles of the eastern tropics include 14 species in two genera of calopterygid damselflies, distributed from Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the west, to southern China and New Guinea in the east. With their brilliant iridescent hindwings, the males of Neurobasis are among the most conspicuous and well-known inhabitants of clear forest streams throughout the region. The renowned odonatologist M.A. Lieftinck was so impressed by their beauty he called them the `Birds of Paradise' among Odonata.

A lifetime goal of Lieftinck, and before him Friedrich Ris, was to produce a full taxonomic revision of the group. Sadly, both died before their aims could be realised.

This book provides this revision, and includes a new species described from the highlands of New Guinea in 2006. Patterns of speciation are discussed in their zoogeographical context and in the light of recent molecular studies of the higher classification of the Calopterygidae. The book also includes a detailed historical account of the study of metalwings, beginning with the description of `Libellula chinensis' by Carl von Linne, the father of taxonomy, from a decorative coloured drawing in a book on rare birds, published in 1750.

In the past few decades, a good deal of work has focussed on the biology of these insects, including analyses of their complex mating behaviour and of the physical basis for their brilliant colours. This book summarises all published information on all aspects of metalwing biology, and includes also many original observations on their ecology and behaviour, based on the authors' personal experiences.

Customer Reviews

Monograph
By: Albert G Orr and Matti Hämäläinen
115 pages, Colour photos, illust, watercolours
Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Harper CollinsOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife