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This book authored by A. Machado provides a full revision of the genus Laparocerus, with descriptions of all 264 species and subspecies —doubling the number previously known—keys for their identification, 374 macro-photographs of the imagos, 50 plates with line-drawings of their genitalia and other internal pieces, and 47 distribution maps. It also incorporates a detailed anatomical study (13 plates) of one species including preimaginal stages, and chapters dealing with their breeding biology, ecology (food-plants, habitats, etc.), and behaviour. Their natural history, in other words.
The author hopes that in the near future Laparocerus will merit sharing the podium with Darwin’s finches or Drosophila in studies of island evolution.