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Moths: Their biology, diversity and evolution

David C. Lees Alberto Zilli



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The Natural History Museum
29 October 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
Moths is an accessible introduction to the stunning diversity, life habits and evolution of moths. This insect group encompasses 128 of the 135 families of the scaly winged insects (Lepidoptera), with some 140,000 known species. Moths are among the most successful of the Earth's inhabitants, with an ancient history, some fossils being dated to 190 million years old. This book traces the structure and development of these winged insects and reveals some of their extraordinary adaptations, such as caterpillars that communicate with ants, as well as ruthless survival tactics - including blood-sucking, feeding on the tears of sleeping birds, and cannibalism of their own mothers. It also exposes their essential roles in ecosystems and manifold interactions with humans. Often considered denizens of the night, hopelessly allured by light and voracious destroyers of clothes, the book shines a spotlight on moths, illuminating the bright side of their astonishing diversity.
By:   David C. Lees, Alberto Zilli
Imprint:   The Natural History Museum
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 192mm, 
ISBN:   9780565094577
ISBN 10:   0565094572
Publication Date:   29 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David C. Lees and Alberto Zilli are Curators of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Between them they are responsible for over four million specimens.

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