The Giant Silkmoths: Colour, Mimicry & Camouflage by Philip HowseThe Giant Silkmoths: Colour, Mimicry & Camouflage by Philip Howse

The Giant Silkmoths: Colour, Mimicry & Camouflage

byPhilip Howse, Kirby Wolfe

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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The most spectacular wild silkmoths live in tropical and subtropical forests and include the elegant moon moths with delicate pale green wings and long tails, the huge atlas moths with snake patterns embroidered on the edges of their wings, and the 'bullseye' moths with brightly-coloured eye-spots that resemble the eyes of owls. The interplay of wing colour and design, behavior, and ecology in the evolution of these extraordinary insects is explored in a lively, accessible text by award-winning author Philip Howse accompanied by Kirby Wolfe's magnificent photographs. Many previously unrecognized examples of mimicry of other animals embedded in their wing patterns are described and illustrated, including images of owl eyes, bird wings, claws, teeth, heads of reptiles, birds, rodents, cats... all designed to frighten the shortsighted, insect-eating birds that seek to prey on them
Philip Howse has published books and research articles on insect behaviour and ecology. He has developed environmentally-friendly methods for the control of insect pests, recognized by a number of awards including an OBE. After a career spent mainly at Southampton University, he has now retired but continues writing about the insects t...
Title:The Giant Silkmoths: Colour, Mimicry & CamouflageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 11.81 × 9.58 × 0.65 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:Papadakis Dist A/CLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1906506256

ISBN - 13:9781906506254

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Table of Contents

1. Colour & Mimicry 2. Camouflage & Concealment 3. Attraction 4. Peacocks & Emperors 5. Unseeing Eyes 6. Moths of the Moon 7. The Atlas Moths 8. The Road from Xanadu Also available: Nomads of the Wind ISBN 9781901092929 $39.95

Editorial Reviews

Indeed many hours can be spent simply poring over the pictures to become absorbed in the magic of moths...However it would be a shame not to find the time to read the text because the explanations of the strategies of colour, mimicry and camouflage encompass many strands of nature, history and mythology and are truly fascinating.