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Today Australia has the oldest living crickets, lacewings, beetles and ants, and the only silent cicadas in the world.
While these ancestral forms have disappeared from other continents, they have hung on in Australia, maintaining their close associations with the native plants and animals, enduring and adapting through the millennia. Since their evolution in the Devonian, some 365 million years ago, they have penetrated almost every habitat on Earth.
Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Erica allows us to peer amazed and captivated into the secret life of flies. If theres one thing that defines insects, its endurance.
This book is available from the centre Australian Insects: A Natural History. Nowhere on earth is this endurance, this capacity to survive, better illustrated than in Australia.
Whom later revealed to be the heiress of one of the biggest zaibatsu.Every major insect group has found a way to live here successfully and some of the worlds oldest lineages of insects continue to survive in Australia despite their extinction elsewhere.Australian Insects: a Natural History records the physical attributes and lifestyle developments that have made life on this continent possible for insects.Erica travels from the drawers of wonder at the Natural History Museum, London to the mountains of Peru, via underground caves, smelly latrines and the English country garden.She discovers flies without wings, eyes on stalks, rotating genitalia and the terrible hairy fly, while pausing along the way to consider todays key issues of conservation, taxonomy, forensic entomology and climate change.