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Preston-Mafham, Ken

Overview
Works: 68 works in 347 publications in 3 languages and 13,751 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Field guides  Illustrated works  Juvenile works  Popular works  Dictionaries  Terminology  Guidebooks  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Creator, Other
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Most widely held works by Ken Preston-Mafham
Spiders of the world by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

38 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and held by 2,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the structure of spiders and their relationships to each other, and focuses on their behavior including courtship rituals, mating, life histories, and adaptions for catching prey, feeding, and defense
Bugs of the world by George McGavin( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the insects, bugs form a distinct order - the Hemiptera - of over eighty thousand fascinating and hugely varied species, found worldwide in almost every conceivable habitat on land or in water. They represent nearly ten per cent of all known insect species and it is likely that at least as many remain to be discovered. Bugs range from familiar garden aphids to major pests whose collective activities can destroy a whole crop, from carnivores nearly the size of a human hand to minute herbivores. Some are decked in brilliant or glowing metallic colors, others are discreetly camouflaged. While a number of species yield valuable waxes and dyes that can be commercially harvested, certain of the blood-feeding bugs carry diseases that are responsible for a heavy human death toll every year. This latest volume in the internationally successful Of The World series is the first popular, informative account of the classification and biology of bugs. The collecting of bugs, their structure, diseases and enemies, defense, food and feeding, mating and egg-laying are discussed, as well as the often strange and little-known relationships between bugs and people. The author's clear and detailed text is enhanced by the many informative line illustrations, and the fascinating forms, amazing colors and remarkable behavior of bugs are captured by the superb photographic talents of Ken Preston-Mafham
Primates of the world by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of primates in their natural environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is only since the 1970s that books, films and scientific papers have presented us with a wealth of fascinating insights into the biology and lifestyle of these mountain- and forest-dwelling relatives of human beings, and this new knowledge has provided the inspiration for Primates of the World. Ken and Rod Preston-Mafham discuss the various species of lemurs, monkeys and apes, their habitats, social systems, breeding habits and rearing of young, methods of communication, feeding preferences and - last but not least - their ambivalent relationship with the human race as, in the late twentieth century, forest habitats are being destroyed and some species are threatened with extinction in the wild
Butterflies of the world by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a timely resume of current knowledge of the biology, behavior, and life cycles of the butterfly
Grasshoppers and mantids of the world by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives information on the characteristics and behavior of grasshoppers, katydids, mantids, crickets, and other orthopteroids
The encyclopedia of land invertebrate behaviour by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

13 editions published between 1933 and 1993 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Witness the dazzling mid-air copulations of slugs, the transvestism of dung beetles, the "lovedarts" of snails, the pre- and post-nuptial snack-smearing strategies of millipedes and centipedes, the dance of the scorpions, and spiders that tie their mates down with "bridal veils" of silk. Splendidly illustrated from nature, this encyclopedia describes with rigour and grace some of the most complex and bizarre behaviours in the animal world." "Rod and Ken Preston-Mafham document and describe the whole fascinating gamut of behaviour of land-living invertebrates such as worms, snails and slugs, insects, spiders, and many other small animals. They reveal routines of courting, mating, egg-laying, raising families, defending and attacking, hunting, and eating that exhibit trickery, violence, deception, and odd sexual practices that are generally rare throughout the animal kingdom." "The 200 color photographs from the authors' own archives, all taken in the wild, and 40 line drawings illustrate as many forms of behaviour as possible. An extensive bibliography captures a wealth of research on the workings of the natural world."--Jacket
Insects in camera : a photographic essay on behaviour by Christopher O'Toole( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insects in Camera is about the behaviour of insects, the most successful animals on Earth. It contains 287 colour photographs of live insects from 5 continents - some of the subjects have never been photographed before
The natural history of insects by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces insects from all over the world. Looks at insect structure, physiology and clasification, reproductive, feeding and defensive behaviours
500 butterflies : butterflies from around the world by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This colorful and up-to-date guide features 500 species, subspecies and forms of butterfly from all continents and from a wide array of climatic regions. Stunning color images of butterflies, frequently in their natural habitat, complement the author's authoritative text and his personal observations of Lepidoptera in the wild. Adult butterflies, and on occasion their caterpillars, are illustrated."--Back cover
Cacti : the illustrated dictionary by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

28 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering centipedes & millipedes by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction, defenses, and other activities of centipedes and millipedes
The natural history of spiders by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the physical characteristics, life cycle, and natural habitat of various kinds of spiders from all over the world
Madagascar : a natural history by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Index and bibliography included
Identifying bugs and beetles : the new compact study guide and identifier by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each species' entry has information on individual habitats and feeding
500 cacti : species and varieties in cultivation by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showcasing one species per page, 500 Cacti provides an attractive visual checklist of 500 cacti that have been carefully chosen for their accessibility to the cactus grower and as representative of cactus types. It is an indispensable reference of the most popular and most beautiful cacti in the world, presented alphabetically by genus and species, from Acanthocalycium to Weingartia
Identifying spiders : the new compact study guide and identifier by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Danish and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A clear and concise text with symbols providing at-a-glance information on over 90 species of spiders, with a practical introduction and detailed description of a spider's body
Bugs, beetles, spiders, snakes by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over 100 species of bugs and beetles; more than 90 species of spiders, and 100 snakes identified and described in three sections, with illustrated introductory chapters
Encyclopedia of insects and spiders by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a guide to insects and spiders of North America, providing illustrated information on over fifty-one groups, including scientific name, physical description, habits, behavior, and more
Insects & other invertebrates by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles 112 groups of insects and other invertebrates, offering scientific name, taxonomic information, details of the animal's habitat and lifestyle, and whether or not it is considered to be under threat
The Natural world of bugs & insects by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives a textural and pictoral examination of a variety of insect types, including physical characteristics, locales, behaviors and related information
 
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Spiders of the world
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Bugs of the worldPrimates of the worldButterflies of the worldGrasshoppers and mantids of the worldThe encyclopedia of land invertebrate behaviourThe natural history of insects500 butterflies : butterflies from around the worldCacti : the illustrated dictionary
Alternative Names
Mafham Ken Preston-

Mafham, Rod Preston-

Mèfem, K. Preston-.

Preston-Mafham, Kenneth George.

Preston-Mèfem, K.

プレストン・マフハム, ケン

Languages
English (224)

Danish (4)

German (2)