Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New Naturalist)

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9780007277247: Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New Naturalist)

A detailed and up-to-date account of the behavior and ecology of grasshoppers and crickets. In this latest New Naturalist volume, Ted Benton offers a comprehensive account of the appearance, variations, behavior, habitat, life-cycles, and distribution of all the native British species of bush-crickets, crickets, groundhoppers, and grasshoppers. Many details from direct field observation are included, which are published here for the first time. With up-to-date information on newly arrived and recently established species, as well as long-established non-native species—such as the house cricket and greenhouse camel cricket—Benton pays special attention to a key area of evolutionary thought that has stimulated an international research focus on grasshoppers and crickets. Recent approaches to mating and reproduction emphasise differences and even conflicts of interest between males and females. The sexually selected adaptations and counter-adaptations to such conflicts of reproductive interest are used to explain the astonishing diversity of reproductive behavior exhibited by grasshoppers and crickets: male territorial behavior, coercive mating, complex songs, elaborate courtship performances, the donation of edible "nuptial gifts," the reversal of sex-roles, mate-guarding, keeping of "harems" and, in a few species, parental care of the offspring. These chapters provide an introduction to the theoretical issues and an overview of many case studies drawn from research on orthopterans from across the world (but including British species where relevant). A unique DVD features many aspects of the behavior of nearly all British species, including song, conflict, courtship behavior, sex-role reversal, and egg laying. The book is lavishly illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, covering all the British species (including immature stages in most cases), key habitats, and many aspects of behavior.

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Ted Benton is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, and has special interest in and numerous publications on socio-economic and political aspects of environmental change. He has been a passionate field naturalist since childhood, and is an active field recorder and photographer, with particular interest in several insect orders. He has previously written a New Naturalist volume on Bumblebees (2006).

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`[...] Ted Benton's entomological opus Grasshoppers & Crickets led me into the weird world of British orthoptera, with their edible nuptial gifts, "mate-guarding", harems and extraordinarily complex songs. No field or meadow will seem or sound the same again.' Robert Macfarlane, `Books of the Year 2012', Guardian`An outstanding contribution [...] The DVD a groundbreaking achievement.'British WildlifePraise for the New Naturalist series:'The series is an amazing achievement.'The Times Literary Supplement'The books are glorious to own.'Independent

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Book Description COLLINS, 2012. LEGATURA EDITORIALE. Book Condition: NUOVO. For the first time ever, a DVD featuring exclusive video and audio material accompanies the latest New Naturalist volume, a multimedia first for the series. Ted Benton offers a comprehensive account of the appearance, variations, behaviour, habitat, life-cycles and distribution of all the native British species of bush-crickets, crickets, groundhoppers and grasshoppers. Many details from direct field observation are included, which are published here for the first time. With up-to-date information on newly arrived and recently established species, as well as long-established non-native species - such as the house cricket and greenhouse camel cricket - Benton pays special attention to a key area of evolutionary thought that has stimulated an international research focus on grasshoppers and crickets. Recent approaches to mating and reproduction emphasise differences and even conflicts of interest between males and females. The sexually selected adaptations and counter-adaptations to such conflicts of reproductive interest are used to explain the astonishing diversity of reproductive behaviour exhibited by grasshoppers and crickets: male territorial behaviour, coercive mating, complex songs, elaborate courtship performances, the donation of edible 'nuptial gifts', the reversal of sex-roles, mate-guarding, keeping of 'harems' and, in a few species, parental care of the offspring. These chapters provide an introduction to the theoretical issues and an overview of many case studies drawn from research on orthopterans from across the world (but including British species where relevant). A unique DVD features many aspects of the behaviour of nearly all British species, including song, conflict, courtship behaviour, sex-role reversal and egg laying. The book is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings, covering all the British species (including immature stages in most cases), key habitats and many aspects of behaviour. Pagg. 544, cm 15x22, brossura. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007277247

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