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A Field Guide to Insects of South Africa
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A Field Guide to Insects of South Africa (Hardback)

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Given the extraordinary number and diversity of insect species and their vast importance to human life, it comes as a surprise that there is no reasonably comprehensive field guide on insects in South Africa. This is particularly so in view of the large number of field guides on the mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish, spiders and plants of southern Africa. Local insect guides that are available are either complex technical volumes or else identify insects only to major groupings or are very restricted in their coverage. The need for a more detailed and accessible field guide to the rich insect life of South Africa has long been recognized. The main reason why it has not been written appears to be the extreme difficulty of adequately covering such a large and diverse area. This comprehensive, illustrated popular guide draws not only on the accumulated knowledge of the authors, but also on that of numerous specialists on the various insect groups.

It will succeed, hopefully, in opening up the fascinating life of insects to a wide range of students, gardeners, farmers, conservationists and anyone wanting to find out more about these tiny creatures that intrigue and irritate, benefit and damage us in seemingly equal measure.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: butterflies, other insects & spidersScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesZoology: Invertebrates Publisher: Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2002 ISBN-13: 9781868727131  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Mike Picker (a lecturer in the Zoology Department, UCT), Alan Weaving (a retired entomologist) and Professor Charles Griffiths (head of the Zoology Department, UCT) have published well over a hundred scientific papers on insect and marine life, a number of popular articles and natural history photographs and several books, including the best-selling A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa (Griffiths, Branch and Beckley) and Weaving's Southern African Insects and their World (Struik 2000).

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