Hawkmoths of Australia: Identification, Biology and Distribution

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Hawkmoths of Australia: Identification, Biology and Distribution Authors: , , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: CSIRO Publishing Pages: 424 Language: English ISBN: 9781486302819 Categories: , , , ,

Hawkmoths are large charismatic insects with highly variable and colourful larvae. Some species are specialised in their habitat preferences, but others are widespread and often encountered in gardens. However, little is known about most species, and associating the adults with their larvae has previously been difficult or impossible. Hawkmoths of Australia allows identification of all of the Australian hawkmoths for the first time and treats species found on mainland Australia and all offshore islands. It presents previously undescribed life histories of nearly all species and provides a comprehensive account of hawkmoth biology, including new parasitoids and their hawkmoth hosts. Detailed drawings and photographs show the external and internal morphology of adults and immatures, and eggs, larval instars and pupa. Keys are provided for last instar larvae and pupae of the 71 species that the authors have reared. A glossary, appendices to parasitoids and larval foodplants, an extensive reference list with bibliographical notes and a comprehensive index conclude the book. The wealth of new information in this book makes it an essential reference for anyone interested in these moths. Hawkmoths of Australia is Volume 13 of the Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series. Features The first full treatment of the Australian hawkmoths, covering their identification, distributions and biology. Comprehensive life history accounts for most species, many previously unrecorded, illustrated in more than 800 colour photographs and supplemented by detailed technical descriptions. Adults of all species illustrated in colour including variants never before figured. A detailed account of natural enemies, especially of parasitoids, most previously unrecorded. Distributions accurately detailed for all species for the first time.

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Author Biography

Dr Maxwell S. Moulds is an award-winning writer and a Senior Fellow at the Australian Museum. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Australian Natural History Medallion for outstanding contributions to Australian entomology, and he is an Honorary Life Member of the Entomological Society of Queensland. James P. Tuttle has served as President, Treasurer and for 13 years as Season Summary Editor of the Lepidopterists' Society. He has published critically acclaimed textbooks and numerous journal articles on the Lepidoptera of Australia, North America and South America. David A. Lane has a keen interest in the Lepidoptera of the Indo-Australian area, particularly northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. He has published widely in journals in Australia and Europe, with particular emphasis on Saturniidae and Sphingidae.