By Gerhard M. Tarmann
The Zygaenidae are a relatives of day-flying moths with an strange biology – they're in a position to freeing prussic (hydrocyanic) acid. All Australian species belong to the subfamily Procridinae (commonly often called foresters) and lots of of those characteristic iridescent eco-friendly shades or a wasp-like glance. this is often the 1st examine of the Australian fauna of those appealing and biologically fascinating moths. during this quantity their attractiveness is captured larger-than-life in 114 finely unique pix through acclaimed artist Franti?ek Gregor, surroundings a brand new benchmark for moth illustrations. finished basic chapters speak about zygaenid morphology, biology, phylogeny and class, with significant new info of world-wide relevance. The booklet then presents in-depth remedies of the ten genera and forty three species found in Australia, together with four genera and 21 species new to technology. It beneficial properties keys to genera and species, photographs of genitalia of either sexes and different diagnostic buildings, and distribution maps for all species. also, there are eight pages of color pictures and over four hundred images of microscopic constructions, together with greater than 100 extraordinary scanning electron micrographs. FeaturesFeatures fifty seven color plates with 114 targeted color work through acclaimed artist Franti?ek Gregor. every one species is illustrated, many at 10 instances their unique dimension. also, there are 7 plates of color images of stay moths, caterpillars and habitats, and over four hundred pictures of microscopic constructions, together with over a hundred marvelous scanning electron micrographs. provides an up to date category of Australian zygaenids at wide-spread and particular point, with keys to spot all Australian zygaenid species. presents in-depth remedies of the ten genera and forty three species found in Australia, placing the Australian zygaenids into context with the area fauna. comprises entire chapters on morphology (including immatures), biology, phylogeny and class, that allows you to be helpful for investigations of zygaenid biology and chemoecology.