Ecology and Behaviour of the Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae) / Edition 1

Ecology and Behaviour of the Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae) / Edition 1

by Ivo Hodek
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405184221

ISBN-13: 9781405184229

Pub. Date: 05/29/2012

Publisher: Wiley

Ladybirds are probably the best known predators of aphids and coccids in the world, though this greatly underestimates the diversity of their biology. Maximising their impact on their prey is an important element in modern conservation biological control of indigenous natural enemies in contrast to the classical approach of releasing alien species.

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Overview

Ladybirds are probably the best known predators of aphids and coccids in the world, though this greatly underestimates the diversity of their biology. Maximising their impact on their prey is an important element in modern conservation biological control of indigenous natural enemies in contrast to the classical approach of releasing alien species.

Ivo Hodek is one of the most internationally respected experts on coccinellids who has researched these insects for his entire career. He has now brought together 14 scientists of international standing to author 12 chapters, making this book the definitive treatment of coccinellid biology and ecology.

This volume covers the rapid scientific developments of recent years in the understanding of coccinellid phylogeny, the semiochemicals influencing their behaviour and of molecular genetics. Recent insights in relation to intraguild predation and the assessment of the predatory impact of coccinellids are also covered.

Other special features of the volume are the extensive references covering the literature from both East and West and a taxonomic glossary of the up-to-date nomenclature for species of coccinellids as well as of other organisms mentioned in the text.

While aimed at researchers, university teachers and agricultural entomologists, the book is readable and appropriate for others who just have a liking for these interesting and attractive insects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405184229
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Detailed contents, ix

Contributors, xvii

Preface, xviii

Introduction, xix

Taxonomic glossary, xx

1. PHYLOGENY AND CLASSIFICATION, 1
Oldrich Nedvěd and Ivo Kovář

2. GENETIC STUDIES, 13
John J. Sloggett and Alois Honĕk

3. LIFE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT, 54
Oldrich Nedvěd and Alois Honĕk

4. DISTRIBUTION AND HABITATS, 110
Alois Honĕk

5. FOOD RELATIONSHIPS, 141
Ivo Hodek and Edward W. Evans

6. DIAPAUSE/DORMANCY, 275
Ivo Hodek

7. INTRAGUILD INTERACTIONS, 343
Éric Lucas

8. NATURAL ENEMIES OF LADYBIRD BEETLES, 375
Piotr Ceryngier, Helen E. Roy and Remy L. Poland

9. COCCINELLIDS AND SEMIOCHEMICALS, 444
Jan Pettersson

10. QUANTIFYING THE IMPACT OF COCCINELLIDS ON THEIR PREY, 465
J. P. Michaud and James D. Harwood

11. COCCINELLIDS IN BIOLOGICAL CONTROL, 488
J. P. Michaud

12. RECENT PROGRESS AND POSSIBLE FUTURE TRENDS IN THE STUDY OF COCCINELLIDAE, 520
Helmut F. van Emden and Ivo Hodek

Appendix: List of Genera in Tribes and Subfamilies, 526
Oldrich Nedvěd and Ivo Kovář

Subject index, 532

Colour plate pages fall between pp. 250 and pp. 251

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