Cercopid Spittle Bugs
of the New World
(Hemiptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Cercopidae)
By Gervasio S. Carvalho & Michael D. Webb
271 pages, Illustrated, 6 ¾” x 9 ½”
South America possesses a staggering number of insect species. Whilst most people are familiar with its butterflies, few realize that there is a group of equally colorful and interesting insects. These are commonly referred to as either Spittle-bugs, due to the watery excreta produced by the young, or Frog-hoppers referring to their great ability to jump. In South America they are also known for the serious damage they can cause to pasture grasses and sugar-cane.
This book provides the first comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to this family of jewel-like insects. Nearly every species is included in superb color together with line drawings to aid identification. Stunning pictures are also given of the insects in the wild. This book is aimed at museum curators, researchers, agronomists and amateur enthusiasts and it is hoped that it will stimulate further work on this fascinating and highly colorful group of insects. The text includes a complete checklist of genera and species with comprehensive synonymies and chapters on classification, reproduction and biology.
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