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Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia [Hardcover]

L.E.O. Braack
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1 May 1996
Dr. Braack s photographic survey, Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia, is not only a valuable documentation, it is one of few of its kind: a comprehensive layman s guide to the extraordinary range of insects that roam the jungle floors and skies of Southeast Asia. Vividly illustrated with more than 100 photographs of insect species native to Southeast Asia, Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia takes you on a tour through the world of marauding ants, termite legions, swarming bees and beautiful beetles, while bringing to light the beneficial role of these mostly maligned and poorly understood creatures.
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Times Editions (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981204471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812044716
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,616,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Lawrence Edward Oliver (Leo) Braack is a specialist scientist in parasitology/ entomology/ general invertebrates and tropical diseases at the National Parks Board of South Africa. As a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a member of the Entomological and Parasitological Societies of South Africa, he serves regularly as an entomological consultant. In the course of writing Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia, he made several trips to Southeast Asia to research and photograph insect species in the region. He is the author of five books and more than 40 papers on entomology and parasitology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok bok but not a fieldguide 29 April 2012
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I bought this book to bring it with me on my holiday, so I can get pointers of what species I might find. However this book was not exactly what I was hoping it to be, I think I will leave it home. Bad photos take it down a notch, and I get the feeling that it only presents a very limited picture of the whole variation of insects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shows what you can't see 9 Feb 2014
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a dip into the mystic world of macro insects that are easily missed and harder to identify.!! after looking through this guide am know looking for things that i never knew existed !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too general 20 Jun 2013
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Married to a SE Asian, I'm a biologist inclined towards entomology so may be considered a miserable old git. However, I often buy insect books on tropical insects to further my knowledge. Obviously anyone who expects a slim volume like this to cover even a fraction of the ground that the (now ancient) volumes of A.Seitz did for the Lepidoptera (butterfles and moths) is naive. Showing genuine examples of the major groups is fraught with danger as these may well not be typical of that group as a whole, while (as here) simply delving as deep as a family or genus does little to enlighten the reader bewildered by the (bewildering) variety of insects on the planet, especially in tropical regions. The information given would make a good general lecture series on insects as a whole. As to the illustrations, there are far too many flash photos (I could forgive those taken in the depths of a rainforest) and some of the insects look as though they had been staged, as was the tendency in the insect books of the 1950s: this may be an illusion, I admit. Overall, as an "old hand", I was disappointed in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars book 9 April 2013
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Very interesting book we have a whole libary of animal and insect books from all over the world and this one adds to that library and is a great asset on this subject matter
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to the insects of southeast Asia 12 July 2011
By M. Flikweert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This field guide style book does not have keys nor does it attempt to cover a proportion of the insect fauna in Southeast Asia; it has some interesting detailed information on behaviour and ecology at the family level (though not conclusive by far) on the major groups in Southeast Asia: Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and the smaller groups like Odonata, Ephemeroptera, Blattodea, Isoptera, Orthoptera, Mantodea, Phasmida, Dermaptera, Neuroptera , Trichoptera & Mecoptera. These groups are illustrated by one or a couple of pictures depicting a representative family or even species sometimes (ommiting all others).
I think it is a pretty nice little booklet, an appetizing introduction.
Recommended.
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