Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 120)

Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 120)


For the 1st time ever, a DVD that includes unique video and audio fabric accompanies the newest New Naturalist quantity, a multimedia first for the series.

Ted Benton bargains a complete account of the looks, adaptations, behaviour, habitat, life-cycles and distribution of the entire local British species of bush-crickets, crickets, groundhoppers and grasshoppers. Many information from direct box statement are integrated, that are released right here for the 1st time.

With up to date details on newly arrived and lately verified species, in addition to customary non-native species – akin to the home cricket and greenhouse camel cricket – Benton can pay precise recognition to a key zone of evolutionary suggestion that has prompted a world learn specialise in grasshoppers and crickets. contemporary techniques to mating and copy emphasise alterations or even conflicts of curiosity among ladies and men. The sexually chosen diversifications and counter-adaptations to such conflicts of reproductive curiosity are used to give an explanation for the excellent variety of reproductive behaviour exhibited by means of grasshoppers and crickets: male territorial behaviour, coercive mating, complicated songs, intricate courtship performances, the donation of fit for human consumption ‘nuptial gifts’, the reversal of sex-roles, mate-guarding, preserving of ‘harems’ and, in a couple of species, parental care of the offspring. those chapters supply an creation to the theoretical concerns and an outline of many case reviews drawn from study on orthopterans from the world over (but together with British species the place relevant).

A special DVD positive aspects many points of the behaviour of approximately all British species, together with tune, clash, courtship behaviour, sex-role reversal and egg laying.

The publication is lavishly illustrated with color images and line drawings, overlaying all of the British species (including immature phases in so much cases), key habitats and plenty of facets of behaviour.

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