Insects and thistles - Pelagic Publishing

Insects and thistles

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Subject: zoology ecology entomology Series: naturalists-handbooks | 2nd Edition
  • entomology
  • identification
  • insects
  • taxonomy
  • thistles


This book introduces the community of insects that make their home on thistles, feeding on the leaves, the flowerheads, the roots, the stems, or each other. It deals with creeping thistle and spear thistle. Because thistles are introduced to countries outside Europe, the insects that feed on them in Britain are of interest as potential biological control agents.

This book describes the natural history of the important groups of insects, and shows how to find them and how to observe their lives. It discusses the effects of herbivorous insects on the plant, and the impact that they may have in biological control. The colour illustrations show the major insects, and there are keys for the identification of the characteristic thistle-dwelling insect species. Much remains to be discovered about these creatures, and the book draws attention to topics suitable for further investigation. Techniques are described.


Sixth-form, undergraduate, postgraduate, field centre, ecological consultant, wildlife trust, conservation volunteer

Table of Contents

The resident fauna of thistle heads
Stem-borers and leaf-miners
Insects on the outside of the plant
Insect herbivores: biological control
Key 1 Arthropods inside thistle heads
Key II Insect larvae and pupae inside stems and roots
Key III Insects larvae and pupae in leaves
Key IV Insect adults, larvae and pupae on the outside of the plant:
IV.1 Hemiptera adults and nymphs
IV.2 Lepidoptera adults
IV.3 Diptera adults
IV.4 Coleoptera adults and larvae
References and further reading

Bibliographic Information

  • 70 pages
  • B/w illustrations
  • 4 colour plates
  • | 2nd Edition
  • BISAC NAT017000, SCI070020