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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Catching Beetles

I get a variety of interesting ads in my email.
I'm passing along this one -- not because I think a lot of my readers would want to order the book, but because the description of the book is interesting.


By Carlos Aguilar Julio

Limited printed edition

English version

14.8 x 21 cm

320 pages

16 color plates

160 images

Full color cover

USD 76 plus shipment 

Also available in a digital version with 174 color photographs for USD 49.-


See on www.naturalia-editions.com   




Many methods have been written about the collection of beetles in the world.  However, only very specific papers were developed until now, for example: the traps, or specific sampling methods for some families of Coleoptera genera in the planet.


This book aims to provide the scientific world and students the knowledge and experience of the author and others professionals of entomology, related to methods and capture techniques, transfer and preservation of Coleoptera, encompassed in a single work.


This study tool has been expected for a long time. There are many forums (especially on line) which perceived the need for instruction about this subject.  Our colleagues were the first to applaud this initiative, describing it as very valuable in relation to its content.


Now the students can count with an additional material for the development of the field activities.


The methods of capture are varied and numerous, as many or more than the number of beetles´ families.


Early detection of environmental damage, which can be detected through the study of endangered beetle populations, will provide help for the implementation of measures to assist the conservation and protection of the environment.


On the other hand, there is a tacit agreement among entomologists, in which the number of known species of Coleoptera is very small compared with the suspected number of existing species.  This reminds us that phrase regarding the tip of the iceberg, and arouse our interest about how much we are lacking to know.


This book offers:


1) A brief summary of the physical and structural characteristics of major biomes in the world.


2) Instructions to collect beetles in every kind of environment such as savannas, forests, deserts, streams, rivers, mountains, caves, beaches, mangroves, dunes, etc.


3) Specific details of ALL COLEOPTERA FAMILIES:

 - Where do they live?

 - What do they eat?

 - How to catch them.


4) A variety of traps chosen according to their effectiveness, and how to make them by yourself. 


Finally, we hope that this tool now available to all supporters of life on this planet, serve to understand it, preserve and improve it.


Jorge Barrett Viedma


Naturalia - Scientific Collection




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