THE COMPLETE FIELD GUIDE TO STICK AND LEAF INSECTS OF AUSTRALIA
by Paul D. Brock & Jack W. Hasenpusch
2009, 216 pages, color photos & line drawings throughout. Australia has a rich diversity of phasmids otherwise known as stick and leaf insects. Most of them are endemic, few have been studied and new species continue to be found. Stick insects are, by far, Australias longest insects some of them reach up to 300 mm in body length, or more than half a meter if you include their outstretched legs. Many stick insects are very colorful, and some exhibit elaborate, defensive behavior. Increasingly they are being kept as pets.
This is the first book on Australian phasmids for nearly 200 years and covers all known stick and leaf insects. It includes clear photographs of all species, notes on their ecology and biology, collecting and studying phasmids, as well as easy-to-use identification keys suitable for novices or professionals. Paperback; 5-3/4 x 8-1/2″.
Paul D. Brock is a world authority on stick and leaf insects, and is a Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum in London. He is the author of several major reference books covering classification and breeding of these insects.
Jack Hasenpusch, an experienced entomologist, is Director of the Australian Insect Farm, which was set up to assist educational institutions, scientists and researchers. He has spent 25 years studying Australias insect fauna and has several species named after him.
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