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Common Ground Beetles (Naturalists' handbooks) [Paperback]

Trevor G. Forsythe
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1 Sep 1987 Naturalists' handbooks
This book introduces British ground beetles and tiger beetles. As predators, they are important agents of natural pest control in crops. As lively active beetles readily caught in pitfall traps, they have considerable potential as subjects for ecological investigations. This work introduces their natural history, paying particular attention to their feeding and the mechanical movements of their mouth parts and bodies in relation to diet and behaviour. It also deals with reproduction, and with the distribution of activity in relation to habitat and season. Illustrated keys enable the ground beetles most commonly found in Britain to be named to species. Techniques are described for studying beetles in the field and in the laboratory, for persuading ground beetles to lay eggs, and for rearing the eggs, larvae and pupae.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing; 2nd edition edition (1 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0855462639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855462635
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is an ok book for introducing this group. The keys are fairly easy to use with a little practise, although some characters are not immediately obvious and some species cannot be separated using this edition. The newer edition (2000) includes all ground beetle species rather than just the commoner ones, giving characters for separating all of them. However, if you want a really good book get the Carabidae 9ground beetles) of Britain and Ireland by Martin Luff - it is much clearer and has colour photos too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best. 10 Sep 2013
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Trevor Forsythe's book is what would be described today as an entry level book. Entry not only into the world of British Carbids but entry into the world of coleoptera and entomology. As the previous seller wrote in his review the definitive book on the beetle family Carabidae is by Martin Luff, 'The Carabidae (ground beetles) of Britain and Ireland' published in 2007. However, Forsythe's book is good place to start.
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