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  • Gardening for Butterflies

    Eco-friendly gardening is fast catching on. Butterflies are visible signs of a healthy garden, and, with their whimsical flight patterns and glorious colours, they are among the most alluring ofour aerial visitors.

    Gardening for Butterflies shows how to attract these beautiful insects, giving step-by-step instructions for planning and planting a garden that will cater for the greatest number anddiversity of butterflies. Using a Durban garden as a case study, it includes a recommended layout and plant lists for this area, as well as for other regions around the country.

    The book showcases 95 garden butterflies and moths, showing their full life cycle, including pupa, eggs and caterpillar. Stunning photography and point-form text ensure accurate identification of each stage in the cycle, and an interesting introduction discusses such topics as the extraordinary process of metamorphosis and the curious habits of these mercurial insects.

    Whether you’re tempted to undertake a full-scale transformation of your garden to attract butterflies, make smaller adjustments to it, or if you simply want to identify those insects already visiting your space, this book will amaze and enchant you.

    R250.00
  • Southern African Moths & their Caterpillars

    The most comprehensive guide to the region’s moths 

    Authoritative and informative, Southern African Moths & their Caterpillars  provides a comprehensive overview of the moth fauna of the region.

    Featuring more than 1,500 of the 11,000 species occurring here, the guide focuses on those that are most abundant, of economical or ecological importance, conspicuous or unusual. This essential guide offers:

    • Authoritative text richly supported with photographs of both adult moth and larva.
    • Clear ID pointers plus information on biology, habitat and distribution.
    • An informative introduction covering evolution, life cycle, diversity and ecological importance of moths.
    R580.00
  • Field Guide to the Spiders of Southern Africa

    Thoroughly revised and updated, this long-awaited new edition of Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa remains the most comprehensive guide to South African spiders published to date. It features over 780 of the more common spider species encountered in the field and in homes and gardens, as well as representative species from some of the rarer spider families.

    – ‘Quick Keys’ to the 72 South African spider families provide a useful starting point to identification.
    – Succinct genus and species accounts cover identifying characteristics, breeding, behaviour, distribution and conservation status.
    – Colour photographs and/or illustrations as well as distribution maps support each entry.
    – Introductory chapter discusses spider morphology, spider life cycle, the functions of silk, as well as spider collection techniques.
    – Section on venom identifies species that pose a danger to humans, unpacks neurotoxic and cytotoxic venom, and details the symptoms and treatment of spider bites.

    R500.00
  • Field Guide to Scorpions of Southern Africa

    An authoritative antidote to the myths surrounding these often maligned and misunderstood creatures.

    Among the world’s most fascinating living fossils, scorpions have been around for some 420 million years. South Africa is home to an astonishing variety, with 108 species in three families occurring in most of the region’s biomes, from desert and grassland to fynbos, savanna and forest. Scorpions are even found in urban gardens.

    Field Guide to Scorpions of South Africa is the first comprehensive guide to describe and illustrate all known species in the country. The clear, detailed species accounts cover appearance, habitat and behaviour, and discuss the variation within species according to region. Up-to-date distribution maps are included for all species and exceptional photographs, carefully worked to show astounding detail and vivid colours, bring to life the intricate patterning and colours of different species. Both males and females are presented, as well as a variety of colour forms, facilitating accurate identification in the field.

    The introduction discusses scorpion classification, anatomy, biology, behaviour and habitat, as well as venomosity and the treatment of stings. Tips on how and where to find scorpions and how to contribute to their conservation as a citizen scientist are also included.

    An invaluable tool for students, researchers, academics, hikers and anyone with an interest in South Africa’s rich and fascinating fauna.

    R430.00
  • Nature Now Insects and Other Critters of Kruger

    Besides being a world-famous game-viewing destination, the Kruger National Park is
    home to an incredible diversity of bugs, beetles, butterflies, spiders, scorpions and other creepy-crawlies. Packed with colour photographs, this visual guide will appeal to anyone keen to identify and learn more about the Park’s infinite variety of smaller inhabitants. Find out what
    happens inside a termite mound, how ladybirds protect themselves from predators, and why dung beetles race to fresh dung pats. This handy book:

    – Spans 30 groups, including moths, beetles, wasps, crickets and spiders, and features over 200 commonly encountered species
    – Contains vivid photographs of Kruger’s most interesting and attractive critters
    – Unpacks noteworthy behaviours and biology
    – Introduces key concepts, such as mimicry, cryptic coloration, metamorphosis, parasitism and pollination
    – Includes bug-watching and photography tips for beginners

    R250.00
  • The Living Deserts of Southern Africa

    For generations, the deserts of southern Africa have intrigued scientists and travellers alike. Seemingly barren wastes, they in fact teem with life – from ants to elephants, stone plants to the curious welwitschia, dainty dik-diks to towering gemsbok, and cart-wheeling spiders to fog-basking beetles. How do they cope with scarce resources, unpredictable rainfall and extreme temperatures? How do they protect themselves against predators? And what is the impact of climate change on these life forms and their habitats?

    Drawing on an earlier edition, published in 1993, biologist Barry Lovegrove answers these questions and unravels many of the mysteries associated with life in the desert. He describes the four arid biomes of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana –
    Desert, Arid Savanna, Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo – and explains how and why such a great diversity of plants, insects, mammals, reptiles and birds successfully exist in these regions. The text is supported by the most recent research, spectacular photographs, and explanatory diagrams and maps.

    The Living Deserts of Southern Africa is a compelling, in-depth read that is accessible to both the serious student and academic as well as the interested nature lover.

    R550.00
  • Pollinators, Predators & Parasites

    Pollinators, parasites, predators, decomposers – insects arguably play the most important roles in the functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems.

    This lavishly illustrated and highly authoritative book is structured around southern Africa’s 13 distinct biomes; it

    – reflects the essential role insects play in most ecological processes such as pollination, predation, parasitism, soil modifi cation and nutrient recycling;
    – details how they serve as food for multitudes of other organisms, including bacteria and fungi, as well as specially adapted plants, insect-feeding arthropods, reptiles, birds and mammals;
    – depicts the insects and phenomena described in some 1,600 photographs that accompany the accessible text;
    – highlights the crucial role insects play as ecosystem service providers, giving intimate insight into the beauty and importance of insects in the natural world.
    – includes a guide to each of the 25 insect orders found in southern Africa, with images showing their diagnostic characters.

    This key publication detailing the latest research in the field of entomology will appeal to academics and nature enthusiasts alike.

    R650.00
  • Field Guide to Butterflies of Southern Africa

    Fully revised, the new edition of Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa features all of South Africa’s 671 butterfly species. This lavishly illustrated popular guide includes newly described species and subspecies, and the most recent taxonomic changes based on DNA studies.

    As in the first edition, the photography is exceptional and 70% of the images in the book are new. Images show male and female forms (where they differ) and upper- and undersides (where possible).

    The species accounts have been comprehensively updated and expanded, covering identification, habits, flight periods, broods, typical habitat, distribution and larval food sources. A helpful introductory section with over 100 images, including 55 early stages images, discusses butterfly biology, taxonomy, classification, anatomy and behaviour.

    R520.00
  • Field Guide to Insects of Southern Africa (NE)

    This trusted best-seller has been comprehensively updated and expanded to feature accounts of over 1,500 species and insect groups. Included are the most common, most economically and ecologically important, interesting and attractive insects in the region.

    It features:

    vivid photographs
    easy-to-read text
    detailed accounts covering identifi cation, biology, distribution and related species
    a helpful introduction detailing the signifi cance, life history, collection and photography of insects, and
    quick reference guides on the inside covers to facilitate identifi cation.

    Entomologists both amateur and professional, students, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in the natural world will appreciate this illuminating and invaluable guide.

    R550.00
  • Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies Southern Africa (NE)

    In this fully revised edition of A Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies of South Africa, all164 species known to occur in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland are described and illustrated, grouped according to family (six dragonfl y and six damselfl y families). The species entries feature scans of live insects (close-up and side-view images) and photographs of specimens in their natural environment and showing key behaviours. Detailed descriptions focus on size, identifying features and occurrence. An introductory chapter unpacks the life cycle, behaviour, biology and breeding of this fascinating group of insects. Presented in a classic field guide format, this revised edition now also features:

    Expanded annotations to all illustrations, highlighting diagnostic features to ensure accurate identifi cation
    New distribution maps
    Additional colour plates and photographs

    Beautifully presented, informative and authoritative, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in South Africa’s insect life, and to nature lovers in general.

    R450.00
  • First Field Guides to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa (NE)

    This new edition of Sasol First Field Guide to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa has been fully updated and revised, bringing it in line with the most recent developments in field. It also features new images of all the species and families covered, facilitating quick, easy and accurate identification.

    With the help of the full-colour photo graphs and easy-to-read text, the young adult and budding naturalist will be able to identify the more common butterflies and moth groups found in southern Africa, discover where they live, and learn about their unique behaviour and unusual features.

    R110.00
  • Insektopedie

    Insektopedie  lê die betowering en ryke verskeidenheid van die wêreld van insekte bloot. Dit deurgrond hul fassinerende gedrag en biologie – van paring en broeigedrag, metamorfose en beweging tot sig, reuk, gehoor en hul aanpassings by hitte en koue.
    ’n Hoofstuk oor superorganismes ondersoek die merkwaardige verskynsel van sosiale gemeenskappe; ’n ander een dek die kritieke rol wat dié diertjies speel om die fyn balans van lewe op ons planeet in stand te hou.
    Die boek sluit af met ’n 60-bladsy geïllustreerde veldgids wat die meeste insekordes en hul belangrikste families beskryf. Voorheen as Inseklopedie van Suider-Afrika gepubliseer, maar die nuwe uitgawe is nou grondig hersien en herontwerp, met die nuutste inligting, ’n uitgebreide ID-seksie en ’n paar honderd nuwe foto’s.
    R320.00
  • Insectopedia

    Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.
    A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet.
    The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.
    Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.
    R340.00
  • Natuurlewe van Suider-Afrika

    Hierdie gewilde veldgids tot die natuurlewe van Suider-Afrika, jare lank al ’n vertroude metgesel van natuurliefhebbers, is nou omvattend bygewerk. Dit bied beskrywings en akkurate illustrasies in volle kleur van meer as 2,000 plante en diere asook verspreidingskaarte vir die meeste groepe. Elke hoofstuk het sy eie kleurkode om naslaan te vergemaklik en uitkenmerke in die beskrywings is in vetdruk. Elke hoofstuk is geskryf deur ’n kenner op sy gebied.

    Al die vernaamste plant- en diergroepe is ingesluit:

    • Laer ongewerweldes
    • Spinnekoppe en ander spinagtiges
    • Insekte
    • Varswatervisse
    • Paddas
    • Reptiele
    • Voëls
    • Soogdiere
    • Grasse, biesies, varings en swamme
    • Veldblomme
    • Bome
    R420.00
  • Wildlife of Southern Africa

    This long-standing, trusted field guide to the wildlife of southern Africa has been comprehensively updated and now includes distribution maps. It describes over 2,000 plants and animals, each accompanied by accurate illustrations in full colour. This book has been a trusted field companion for many years. Comprehensively updated, it now features range maps for most groups. The chapters are colour-coded for easy reference, and diagnostic features appear in bold type within the descriptions. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the field.

    All the main plant and animal groups are covered:

    • Lower invertebrates
    • Spiders and other arachnids
    • Insects
    • Freshwater fishes
    • Frogs
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Mammals
    • Grasses, hedges, ferns and fungi
    • Wild flowers
    • Trees
    R420.00
  • First Field Guides to Insects of Southern Africa

    Sasol First Field Guide to Insects of Southern Africa provides fascinating insight into the insects of the region.

    Full-colour photographs, distribution maps and easy-to-read text will help the budding naturalist to identify the more common insect groups that occur in southern Africa, discover where they occur, and learn about their behaviour and unusual features.

    R110.00
  • Pocket Guide to Insects of Southern Africa

    This new pocket guide covers both common and interesting insects from South Africa, making it possible to identify a wide range of local species.

    Some 431 insects are featured, many of which we may have spotted in our houses and gardens. Each is described with its key identification features, a colour photograph and distribution map.

    An illustrated quick reference guide on the inside front and back covers makes it quick and easy to navigate to the right insect group.

    R250.00
  • Pocket Guide to Insects of East Africa

    Insects have a greater impact on human lives and livelihoods than any other group of organisms. This guide will help you to identify insects that are frequently encountered, very striking or ecologically important in the region. Compact and easy-to-use, it features more than 400 of the interesting and diverse insect groups found in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Full-colour photographs of all featured species are accompanied by concise text giving key identification features for each group.

    R250.00
  • My First Book of Southern Africa Insects

    Children are fascinated by ‘bugs’ of all kinds, and insects are a familiar part of their everyday environment. Dragonflies and ants, beetles and stick insects, butterflies and bees are just some of the many insects that are found in the home and garden, providing youngsters with a handy introduction to the natural world.

    My First Book of Southern Africn Insects offers:
    * 58 of the most common, intriguing and beautiful species accurately illustrated in full-colour
    * concise text and simple graphics conveying the insect’s size, when it is active and what it eats
    * straightforward text for children beginning to read in their mother tongue

    All text appears in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu

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    R150.00
  • African Insects to Read, Colour & Keep

    How do Corn Crickets produce their high-pitched sounds? Which insect has a forked horn on the front of its head? Where does the Small Scarlet Dragonfly scatter its eggs? Which bug is named after a famous artist? Children will find the answers to these questions – and many other interesting facts – while enjoying hours of fun colouring in a selection of our most striking insects. There are more than 40 images to colour in, providing budding artists and young children with enticing snippets of knowledge as they work through the book. In the middle of the book is a gallery of the insects, but this time in colour, giving a clear guide as to which shade of crayon or paint to use when colouring in the outlines on the other pages.

    R130.00