SATURNIIDAE OF THE WORLD – PFAUENSPINNER DER WELT
Their Life Stages from the Eggs to the Adults
Ihre Entwicklungsstadien vom Ei zum Falter
by Rudolf E. J. Lampe
2010, in English and German, 368 pages, 336 color plates (2,949 photos), 9 color & 2 b/w figures. There are ~1,400 species world-wide in the moth family Saturniidae. For over 30 years, the author has been studying more than 300 of them. He has professionally photographed the stages of development from the egg, through larval stages and pupation, to the adult moth. The result is a unique documentation of the metamorphosis of these fascinating animals. The unexpected variety and beauty of Saturniid moths is extensively portrayed in this remarkable book. Hardcover; 8-1/2 x 12″.
Excerpts from a Review – Rudolf Lampe has produced an excellent contribution that will be both scientifically useful and aesthetically enjoyable for those who rear and study Saturniidae. For more than 30 years, Lampe has reared and photographed saturniids, and this book is a wonderful culmination of his efforts. Each [of the more than 300 species] is documented in an appendix giving the locality data, dates of the rearing, and what hostplant was used. Close-up views of eggs, all larval stages, pupae, cocoons (for those species that make cocoons), and pinned adults are given, usually of both sexes, and sometimes live adults are also shown in natural repose.
No books in or out of print offer so many illustrations of the rich saturniid fauna of Africa. All of the saturniids that fly in Japan and Europe are included, as are many from India, China, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines. About 90 species from sub-Saharan Africa are covered, and dozens more from Mexico and countries of Central and South America. Most of the large Saturniinae in North America are treated as well.
This is one of those books that, once you see a copy, you will have to have it. Books like this go a long way to encourage young naturalists to become entomologists. As a professor, I know that many young people do not collect books, thinking that they can get everything they need on the internet. But this book is not expensive considering its attributes, so I hope that every admirer of Saturniidae will acquire it. When your computer crashes or the power goes out, you can immerse yourself in Lampes beautiful book using natural daylight or candlelight until those things get fixed.
Richard S. Peigler, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
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