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Ecology and behaviour of the ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae).
By Hodek, I., H.F. van Emden & A. Honěk (eds).
Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Chichester, UK, xxxvii + 561 pp., 2012
ISBN: 9781405184229
Cite: 1043822 with citation markup [cite:1043822]
Hodek, I., H.F. van Emden & A. Honěk (eds). 2012. Ecology and behaviour of the ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae). Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Chichester, UK, xxxvii + 561 pp.

from publisher's website:

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.

Freely accessible on the "Internet Archive" web site
Here's a link to the title page:

You can read a review of this book here...from a 2013 issue of the European Journal of Entomology.

Note: The last line on p. xvi states: "Color plates fall between pp. 250 and pp. 251"...but I found no such plates there.

However, there are 4 pages of color plates...appearing as "pp. 35-38" in the pagination of the Internet Archive's web browser reader-interface (i.e. between the end of the "Taxonomic Glossary" and the beginning of Chapter 1).

After those color plates, page numbering restarts from "1" again. (Those first 38 pages were enumerated w/ Roman numerals in the printed book...and w/ Arabic numerals starting at pg. 1 in Chapter 1 and ending on pg 561).

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