Pocket Guide to Insects of South Africa

Penguin Random House South Africa
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Pocket Guide: Insects of South Africa covers both common and interesting insects from South Africa, making it possible to identify a wide range of local species. Some 260 insects are featured, many of which we may have spotted in our houses and gardens. Each is described with its key identification features, a colour photograph and distribution map. An illustrated quick-reference guide on the inside front and back covers makes it quick and easy to navigate to the right insect group.
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About the author

Mike Picker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. His research focus on insect diversity and ecology in South Africa has resulted in the discovery of the new insect order Mantophasmatodea and the world’s first jumping cockroach. He has published 114 scientific papers and is senior author of the books Field Guide to Insects of South Africa and Alien & Invasive Animals – A South African Perspective.

Charles Griffiths is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, where he has worked for 45 years. He has participated in the discovery of over 100 species new to science and has published over 170 scientific papers, plus four other field guides, including the best-selling Two Oceans – A Guide the Marine Life of Southern Africa and Field Guide to the Insects of South Africa.

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Publisher
Penguin Random House South Africa
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Published on
Feb 9, 2016
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781775841975
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
Nature / Animals / Insects & Spiders
Nature / Animals / Wildlife
Nature / General
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
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