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A Guide to Australian Moths

Paul Zborowski Ted Edwards



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CSIRO Publishing
01 May 2007
Insects (entomology); Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
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Moths are often thought of as the ugly cousins of butterflies, yet their colours can be just as remarkable and, with over 20,000 species in Australia, their biology and lifestyles are far more diverse.

With striking colour photographs of live moths in their natural habitat, this guide illustrates all the major moth families in Australia, including some rarely seen species. It provides many curious facts about the unusual aspects of moth biology, including details on day-flying species, camouflage, moths that mimic wasps, larvae with stinging hairs, and larvae that have gills. This easy-to-read book includes sections on the iconic Witjuti grubs, Bogong moths, the giant-tailed Hercules moths of northern Queensland (one of the largest moths in the world, with a wingspan of over 25 cm), moths that release hydrocyanic acid in their defence, and moths that produce ultrasonic calls that bats learn to associate with a bad taste.

A Guide to Australian Moths highlights the environmental role of moths, their relationships with other animals and plants, and their importance to humans. It provides a unique introduction to the extraordinary diversity of moths found in Australia.
By:   Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9780643091597
ISBN 10:   0643091599
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 May 2007
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for A Guide to Australian Moths

This book is to be recommended. It is an intelligent and clear introduction to the moth fauna of Australia, suited to those who would like to understand more about this order of insects. -- Peter Marriott, The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 124, No. 4, August 2007 It's an endlessly fascinating world, and this book adds a bit more to our understanding and enjoyment of it. -- Ian Fraser, ABC Radio, October 2007 A landmark in progressively making these insects more familiar to non-specialists. -- T.R. New, Journal of Insect Conservation, 2007 CSIRO Publishing and the authors are to be congratulated on producing this most interesting and useful book which I enthusiastically recommend to both amateur lepidopterists and the general natural history readership. -- John T. Moss, Australian Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club newsletter, September 2007

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