Leaf beetles

Leaf beetles

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Leaf beetles are one of the largest groups of beetles, with tens of thousands of species worldwide and around 280 in Britain. They belong mainly to the family Chrysomelidae, but also to two small closely related families, the Megalopodidae and Orsodacnidae. This book provides a comprehensive overview with detailed and accessible coverage of the natural history, ecology and biology of leaf beetles.

Topics cover the life history of leaf beetles, biology, their environment, natural enemies and interactions with humans. There is a thorough discussion about identification of British species, including detail on the juvenile stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) and a concise key to adults. A chapter is dedicated to study techniques and materials. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and line drawings.

Leaf beetles is a vital resource for entomology students and educators, naturalists, nature conservationists, those involved in agriculture, horticulture and the management of stored produce.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 10.92mm | 320g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, color; 1 Tables, black and white; 66 Figures
  • 1784271500
  • 9781784271503
  • 1,184,505

Table of contents

Editor's preface


1. Introduction

2. Life history

3. Leaf beetles in their environment

4. Natural enemies of leaf beetles

5. Population

6. Identification of British species

7. Study techniques and materials

8. Useful addresses and links


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Review quote

The book itself is well written and Hubble succeeds in condensing down such a huge topic into a small handbook whilst still providing useful information that even an experienced Coleopterist isn't beyond. Hopefully this book will provide a gateway for beginners looking to start recording beetles and will lead to an increase in the number of records received by the Chrysomelid recording scheme; new records will make a genuine contribution to our understanding of leaf beetles in Britain and will help to inform their conservation. I would recommend this handbook without hesitation and with a price tag of under GBP20, I'm glad I have it on my shelf. -- Jordan Rainey * Entomologist's Monthly Magazine * This book provides a comprehensive overview with detailed and accessible coverage of the natural history, ecology and biology of leaf beetles. In some aspects the book provides a surprisingly comprehensive summary, for example, of their life histories, environment and enemies, etc. -- Jan Bezdek * European Journal of Entomology * Leaf Beetles maintains the integrity of this important series with an introductory overview of this commonly encountered group that will be useful to a wide spectrum of biologists, from students to ecological consultants. Just like its predecessors, this book will encourage a new generation of naturalists to delve into the biology and ecology of these beautiful and fascinating beetles and add to our knowledge of the UK fauna. If you want to get to know the UK's leaf beetles this is the book you need. -- Peter Smithers * Antenna * ...extensive descriptions about collecting, studying lifestyle and environment. -- Ron Beenen * Entomologische Berichten * ...a highly readable, informative style as one might expect from the current organiser of the UK's Chrysomelidae Recording Scheme. -- John Badmin * British Journal of Entomology and Natural History * Overall, this well-written book has a great deal to offer and anyone with even a casual interest in leaf beetles will find it enjoyable and informative. -- Steve Lane * Atropos * ...a book that is well structured and provides a very useful and detailed introduction to leaf beetles. -- Peter Hodge * AES Bulletin *
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About Dave Hubble

Dave Hubble is a freelance ecologist. He is the organiser of the UK's Chrysomelidae Recording Scheme and recently wrote the AIDGAP key to UK species. He also teaches Environmental Science at the Open University. Dave's blog can be found at davehubbleecology.blogspot.co.uk
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