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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers, Ltd.; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868727130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868727131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,530,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new guide will be of great value to entomologists, both amateur and professional, as well as to students, nature conservation officers, game rangers, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in natural history. An introductory chapter discusses the insect body, life history, classification and distribution patterns and relatives of southern African insects. It also touches on collecting, displaying and curating insects and explains 'How to use this book'. A useful photographic guide to the insects of the region.

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.

Even those insect lovers not living in or bound for South Africa will want a copy of the guide. Clarity defines every aspect of the effort. The introductory material hits just the right general notes regarding life cycle and taxonomic matters. The photographs mesmerize. All or most seem to have been taken with insects in situ. And it not just the showy and clever mimics, such as flower mantids of Hymenopodidae, that get hold of the mind. Every photograph tantalizes the desire to know more, see more, and get out and observe nature. The succinct text gives enough details to ensure that the ways and likely whereabouts of a family are understood. Peculiarities such as the order Strepsitera in which the parasitic females never live apart from the insect host while the males fly freely are described well. A one-page essay on insect photography addresses the depth-of-field issue that all photographers of the six-legged world know well. Indexes to scientific and common names, a further reading list, a list of Websites, and a glossary fortify what is simply a splendid book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr Mike Picker (a lecturer in the Zoology Department, UCT), Alan Weaving (a retired entomologist) and Professor Charles Griffiths (head of the Zoology Department, UCT) 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 (Struik 2000).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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By Heather Hostetler on March 29, 2009
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The pictures are the selling point for this book. Great photos and short descriptions are included for a variety of species from Southern Africa, as well as a distribution map. Even includes photos of mantophasmatodea. Although some of the species are also found in the US, there are many species represented that are native only to Africa. Hemiptera are well represented, and there are really nice photos of orthoptera insects.
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By Sean Engelbrecht on January 14, 2014
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I appreciate the fact that I do not have to carry my hardcopy around with me and everything I require to Identify these little creatures is now available on one device. I can also include notes with the Afrikaans names, sightings, dates or anything interesting I want to add. It was also less than half the price I paid for the hardcopy a couple of years ago :-)
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By Moruti on December 6, 2013
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Great but there is a need to indicate the following for each insect:
1. Danger to man
2. Enemies
3. Comparison of similar species in 1 picture.
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This is a great reference for finding out about the insects that you discover while in Southern Africa. Whether walking in the bush, finding one clinging to the wall of your tent, or flying through the open window of your vehicle, this is the source for information on insects! I have carried this guide, along with others on mammals, birds, spiders, bats and plants on multiple trips to Africa, and this reference has always been of great assistance in identifying insects while in Africa. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone with even a slight interest in the insects of Southern Africa.
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