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Saturniidae Mundi 1, by Bernard D'Abrera
Butterflies of Tanzania, by J. Kielland
Heterocera Sumatrana 3: The Phycitinae, by Ulrich Roesler
Heterocera Sumatrana 4: The Thyatiridae, Agaristidae, and Noctuidae (part 1: Pantheinae and Catocalinae), by L.W.R.Kobes

The Reviews

Saturniidae Mundi 1

by Bernard D'Abrera

ISBN = 3 931374 01 7
Price = £185.00
Published = 1995
Review written = 16/Apr/1997
pages 177
This is the first part of a 3-part synoptic guide to the Saturniid Moths of the world. In the words of the author. "This is most emphatically not a taxonomic revision of the Saturniid moths. It is equally emphatically fundementally, a systematic account of Saturniids of the world as currently represented in the collections of the B.M. (N.H.)". This volume deals with the subfamilies: Arsenurinae, Ceratocampinae, and part of the Hemileucinae (including Automeris and Hemileuca), plus the palaearctic Agliinae. All 550 species are figured in life size photos of set specimens including much type material. It includes an appendix at the back of the book consisting of two plates of 34 species not represented in the B.M. (N.H.). Each species figured is accompanied by a brief text note. D'Abrera spoils the book somewhat by ranting, in the introduction, in a highly ignorant manner about his personal belief that evolution is a nasty fantasy which should be ignored . I accept that as it is his book he can say what he likes in it but it is still a shame to see the beauty of these moths used as a vehicle for the promulgation of distorted and inept thinking.

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Butterflies of Tanzania

by J. Kielland

ISBN =
Price = £60.00
Published = 1990
Review written = 16/Apr/1997
363 pages.
This is an excellent and important work describing over 1 000 species in 9 families, including the Hesperiidae and 64 endemic species. a number of new taxa are included, these are well treated with the holotype and sometimes both the allotype and paratype being photographed. There are all in all 67 colour plates and a 179 genitalia drawings, both male and female. For each species the following are provided; A brief description, a general distribution, the Tanzanian distribution, a short account of distribution and ecology and the larval food plant where known. Kielland has divided Tanzania up into 11 faunistic zones for ease of discussion and supported this with a series of tables delineating the species occuring in each. The introductory chapters include sections on; Dangers to the fauna of Tanzania, Trapping Charaxes and other butterflies, Butterfly collecting in Tanzania and Morphology.

The book reflects the quirky/individual personality of the author and many lepidopterist will find the classification of species alphabetically a drawback, and apparently some species are incorrectly named according to some authorities. However, apart from these small problems, this is an essential work for anyone working on African Butterflies and a very useful book for any naturalist thinking of visiting Tanzania.

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Heterocera Sumatrana 3: The Phycitinae

by Ulrich Roesler

ISBN = 3 88988 200 5
Price = 125 German Mark
Published = 1983
Review written = 16/Apr/1997
222 pages
This basically taxonomic work is principly written in German though all the species description are also presented in English. It describes 187 species in 86 genera, including 14 new species and 1 new genera. The descriptions include type material location, Terra typica, some distribution information and a short taxonomic discription. This is accompanied by 15 colour plates of set specimens, drawings of genitalia for both sexes, drawings of the male antennal bases and drawings of wing venation for both wings to genera.

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Heterocera Sumatrana 4: The Thyatiridae, Agaristidae, and Noctuidae (part 1: Pantheinae and Catocalinae)

by L.W.R.Kobes

ISBN = 3 88988 201 3
Price = 160 German Mark
Published = 1985
Review written = 16/Apr/1997
160 pages in two parts
This basically taxonomic work is principly written in German though all the species description are also presented in English. It describes 154 species in 54 genera. The descriptions include type material location, Terra typica, some distribution information and a short taxonomic discription. This is accompanied by 22 colour plates of set specimens and 6 pages of B/W photographs of slide presentations of genitalia, some preparations showing several species for easy comparison.

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