A photographic field guide to all the species
Orthoptera is one of the most important and interesting Orders of the Class Insecta. They include grasshoppers and crickets that have a fundamental role in many terrestrial ecosystems. In this complete and updated publication all the 382 taxa (species and subspecies) of Orthoptera nowadays known from Italy are treated; 162 of these are endemic! Unfortunately, as well as for other groups of organisms, also orthopterans have many species suffering from maximum degree of threat, according to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Therefore, Grasshoppers & Crickets of Italy is very important also from a conservation point of view; it allows to recognize the endangered species for planning interventions to safeguard them. This new volume is an absolutely innovative tool in the field of nature handbooks. The authors have succeeded in realizing a text with a new and appealing graphic design, easy to consult, full of photos of morphological details useful to identify the species also by non-experts. Furthermore, very useful for the field work are the maps of the distribution areas, detailed at provincial level, for each species. This book will be useful not only for orthopterists, but also for young entomologists who will be able to measure their ability in identifying species, for agricultural technicians and for all nature and entomology lovers. A book like this should not bemissed from their libraries!
A scientific approach to the identification of European Odonata without capture
A simple yet detailed guide suitable both for beginners and more expert readers who wish to improve their knowledge of the order Odonata. This book encompasses images and photographs of all the European species having a stable population with chapters about their anatomy, biology, behaviour, distribution range and period of flight, plus basic information about the vagrants with only a few sightings reported. On the whole, 143 reported species and over 600 photographs are included.
A Field Guide which is detailed and yet simple, suitable for beginners as well as for more expert users who desire to improve their knowledge of the Dragonflies and Damselflies. With more than 500 images, photographs and charts, the manual covers all the 93 species in Italy, giving information about the anatomy, biology, habitat, behaviour, distribution, period of flight as well as status. For each species, the key features are described in the text as well as especially indicated in the photographs to make identification easier even in field.