Blackflies by R.W.Crosskey
Until now the enquiring entomologist has needed to scan a massive, scattered and sometimes abstruse literature to uncover information about the general biology of the flies of the family Simuiidae (blackflies).
Publication of this book provides a synthesis of the reservoir of what is known about Simuliidae. It is the result of many years of research and distillation which began in 1951 with field studies on river blindness in West Africa and now culminating in this comprehensive volume. The author's guiding theme has been to provide a readable text for freshwater biologists, tropical doctors, parasitologists, veterinarians and cytologists, part of whose work may be concerned with blackflies but who have neither the time nor the inclination to enter the recondite specialist literature.
The book contains many beautifully drawn illustrations and 1200 scientific references.
The author began his career as a medical entomologist with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, and is now a Senior Principal Scientific Officer in the Department of Entomology of the British Museum (Natural History) with special responsibility for taxonomic and other studies on Simuliidae in reference to onchocerciasis.
PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO BLACKFLIES
Chapter 1 Reference list of main facts
Chapter 2 The historical setting of present knowledge
Chapter 3 The taxonomic background
Chapter 4 Prehistory and geographical distribution
PART II LIFE IN THE WATER
Chapter 5 Elements of larval structure and function
Chapter 6 Larval development and feeding
Chapter 7 Larval anchorage and movement
Chapter 8 The lotic environment and larval habitats
Chapter 9 Development on other aquatic animals: a
Chapter 10 Natural enemies of the aquatic stage
Chapter 11 The pupa and adult fly emergence
PART Ill AERIAL LIFE
Chapter 12 Elements of adult fly structure and function
Chapter 13 Sexual meeting and mating
Chapter 14 Flight and migration
Chapter 15 Host animals, biting and bloodsucking
Chapter 16 Maturing and laying the eggs
Chapter 17 Natural enemies of adult flies
PART IV BLACKFLIES AND MANKIND
Chapter 18 Pests of man and domestic animals
Chapter 19 Blackflies and human disease
Index of blackfly names
Index of other organism names