A DIPTERIST’S HANDBOOK, Second Edition
Peter Chandler, editor, with contributions by 42 other authors
2010, 525 pages, 32 color plates, 45 text figures. This handbook provides a valuable reference for everyone interested in the study of flies, both beginners and experienced dipterists. Since the first edition appeared in 1978, there have been considerable advances in knowledge of Diptera, and new techniques and equipment used in their study have developed. The Handbook has been fully updated and new subjects have been added so that it has grown substantially to more than twice the size of the first edition.
As in the first edition, emphasis is placed on the habitats and biological associations of flies. Authors are specialists in each field of study so the book brings together a summary of the latest knowledge of all aspects of the biology of Diptera at the species level.
Additional subjects not covered in the first edition include an explanation of the classification of Diptera and a bibliography of key works for the identification of both adults and larvae. Some specific habitat associations are covered in greater detail to reflect increased ecological knowledge of flies and the greater significance now being placed on some habitats in the conservation of Diptera. The chapter on behavioural studies has been expanded to cover techniques in more detail. Forensic entomology is another increasingly important subject, for which an expanded account has been provided. The Handbook concludes with an account of changes to the British Diptera fauna that have occurred since the the first edition.
Amateur Entomologists’ Society, UK; hardcover; 6 x 8-1/2″.
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