The Lepidoptera: Form, Function and Diversity

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Natural History Museum, 1995 - History - 404 pages
The Lepidopters (moths and butterflies) are one of the largest groups of insects with over 150,000 named species. This book deals with their structure and function, environmental significance, and diversity. Part I provides a review of the main body parts with discussion of function andimportance in the lifestyle of the organisms. Further chapters cover feeding, flight, migration, hearing, sound production, defence, and many other aspects of lepidopteran life. The environmental significance of Lepidoptera, which is summarized in Part II, is discussed mainly in terms of larvae asherbivores and as prey. In part III, the author provides a global conspectus of the Lepidopters. He describes the adults and immature stages of each family, and summarizes their biology, classification, and evolutionary relationships within and between groups. This book will be an indispensablereference work for naturalists, professional entomologists, and conservationists for years to come.

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Malcolm J. Scoble is at The Natural History Museum, London.

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