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Hemiptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Cercopidae - Product Details

Hemiptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Cercopidae
by Gervasio Silva Carvalho & Mick Webb

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2005, 280 pages, 16 color plates with 56 photos of field images, 78 b/w plates with 278 species of genitalia figures, and 16 color plates of ~450 images of named museum specimens.  South America processes a staggering number of insect species. While most people are familiar with South American butterflies, few realize that there is a group of equally colorful and interesting insects. These are commonly referred to as either apittle bugs, due to the watery excreta produced by the young or frog-hoppers, the latter referring to their amazing jumping ability.

In South America, spittle bugs are also known for the serious damage they cause to pasture grasses and sugar-cane.  This volume provides the first comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to this family of jewel-like insects.  Nearly every species is included in superb color together with line drawings to aid in identification.  Stunning pictures of the insects in the wild are also included.  The text includes a complete checklist of species with comprehensive synonomies and chapters on classification, reproduction and biology.

The book is a valuable reference source for museum curators, researchers, professional and non-professional entomologists, and agronomists.  The authors hope that it will stimulate further work on this fascinating and richly colorful group of insects.  Hardcover; 6-1/2 x 9-3/8".

About the Authors - Gervasio Silva Carvalho is Professor at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul - Porto Alegre, Brazil.  He has published more than two dozen papers on insect morphology, systematics, ecology, and biogeography.

Mick Webb is Curator of Hemiptera at the Natural History Museum, London.  The Museum's rich collections from throughout the World has enabled him to publish widely on tropical cicadellids, his primary interest.

3561 Carvalho, Cercopid Spittle Bugs of the New World

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