The Brentidae (Coleoptera) of Northern Europe on CD-ROM
Brentid beetles are in Northern Europe practically equivalent to the speciose genus Apion, a group of small, rostrate, phytophagous beetles of weevil-like appearance, but easily separated from genuine curculionid weevils by the short scape to the antennae.
This CD-ROM version of the book, written by one of the foremost experts on European Apion, identifies and describes the 134 species of brentids known from the British Isles and Continental Europe north of 52°N. For each species is given up-to-date information on the taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, life habits, food plants and parasites. Occurrence by provinces is documented for the 94 species found in Fennoscandia and Denmark. In this CD-ROM edition, distribution maps per species are included.
The introductory part provides general information on the group's taxonomic history, morphology of all life stages, life history and economic importance, and some practical hints on how to collect, preserve and identify specimens. The CD-ROM edition contains the original line drawings by the author and no less than 58 representative species skillfully depicted individually in colour (by the coleopterist, Dr Michael Hansen). Additional features include lists of food plants and parasites, an extensive list of literature and an index.
This CD-ROM, together with Volume 38 in the book series Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica: The Nemonychidae, Anthribidae and Attelabidae (Coleoptera) of Northern Europe (2003), which is written by the same author, complete the treatment of the four orthocerous weevil families (weevils with straight antennae) within the superfamily Curculionoidea, and are indispensable for anyone - professional or amateur - working with or interested in weevils.