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