A GUIDE TO THE KATYDIDS OF AUSTRALIA
by David Rentz
2010, 224 pages, color photos throughout. Katydids are among the most commonly seen Australian insects. They range in size from about 5 mm to well over 90 mm and occur in many habitats all over Australia. Katydids are masters of deception, imitating twigs, bark, leaves and stems, as well as other insects. A few are brightly coloured and are distasteful to predators. They continue to be research subjects in many university curricula, where students study their behavior, acoustical physiology and ecology.
The Guide explores this diverse group of insects from the family Tettigoniidae, which comprises more than 1000 species in Australia, including Norfolk and Lord Howe islands. It highlights their relationships to plants, humans and the environment, and includes color photographs of many species. Hardcover; 5-7/8 x 8-1/2″.
David Rentz received his PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and worked in Philadelphia and San Francisco before coming to Australia. From 1976 to 2001 he was Curator of Orthopteroid Insects in the Australian National Insect Collection, Canberra (CSIRO). The Tettigoniidae is his research specialty, with three volumes of a monograph on the Australian species to his credit. He has written widely on Australian Orthopteroid insects and has produced a number of CDs and CD-ROMs as well as popular books on the Australian fauna. Now retired, he lives in Kuranda, Queensland.
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