The Lepidoptera: Form, Function and Diversity

Malcolm J. Scoble

This is the only single volume reference work on the biology and systematics of butterflies and moths. Written by an expert at the Natural History Museum, it is an indispensable reference work for naturalists and professional entomologists alike.

978 0 19 854952 9
July 1995
246 x 171 mm
416 pp
Oxford University Press in association with the Natural History Museum


The Lepidopters (moths and butterflies) are one of the largest groups of insects with over 150,000 named species. This book deals with their structure and function, environmental significance, and diversity. Part one provides a review of the main body parts with discussion of function and importance in the lifestyle of the organisms. Further chapters cover feeding, flight, migration, hearing, sound production, defence, and many other aspects of lepidopteran life. 

The environmental significance of Lepidoptera, which is summarized in Part two, is discussed mainly in terms of larvae as herbivores and as prey. In part three, the author provides a global conspectus of the Lepidopters. He describes the adults and immature stages of each family, and summarizes their biology, classification, and evolutionary relationships within and between groups.

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Malcolm Scoble is the Head of the Entomology Department at the Natural History Museum.

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