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Moths : a complete guide to biology and behavior

Author: David Conway Lees; Alberto Zilli
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Moths are a crucial insect group encompassing more than 160,000 species, and they are among the most ancient of Earth's inhabitants, with some fossils believed to be 190 million years old. This richly illustrated guide to their biology, evolution, and history demonstrates the incredible diversity of these winged insects and reveals the ruthless survival tactics used by some--including blood-sucking moths,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Conway Lees; Alberto Zilli
ISBN: 9781588346544 1588346544
OCLC Number: 1043333619
Notes: Simultaneously published: London : Natural History Museum.
Errata sheet inserted.
Description: 208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction. What is a moth? --
Blueprint for success --
Becoming a moth --
A matter of taste --
Mating --
Moth warfare --
Diversity and distribution --
Evolution in action --
Of moths and man --
Appendix --
Further information --
Beginner's guide to species --
Glossary.
Responsibility: David C. Lees & Alberto Zilli.

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Moths are a crucial insect group encompassing more than 160,000 species, and they are among the most ancient of Earth's inhabitants, with some fossils believed to be 190 million years old. This richly illustrated guide to their biology, evolution, and history demonstrates the incredible diversity of these winged insects and reveals the ruthless survival tactics used by some--including blood-sucking moths, cannibalism in the cocoon, and carnivorous caterpillars. The book also explores their extraordinary life cycle, charting development from egg to larva to cocoon to airborne adult, as well as the surprising variations of color and wing patterns that moths have evolved. Engaging narrative and specially commissioned photographs of moth specimens make Moths: A Complete Guide to Biology and Behavior a perfect gift book for scientists and science enthusiasts alike.--amazon.com.

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