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Preston-Mafham, Ken

Overview
Works: 56 works in 214 publications in 5 languages and 10,165 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Identification guides  Juvenile works  Popular works  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: QL542, 595.754
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ken Preston-Mafham
Bugs of the world by George McGavin( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 1,405 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 )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 60 species and subspecies of primates are illustrated and a special feature of the book are the superb photographs by Ken Preston-Mafham, who has spent many years travelling and photographing wildlife throughout the world. But despite the rapport that has been developed with many species by dedicated zoologists working in the field, some primates are still too timid to allow good close-up pictures to be taken in the dense forest where they live; in these instances, in order to show specific important details, they have been photographed in captivity. Primates of the World is a fitting addition to the series, since these creatures are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom and therefore have a particular importance and fascination. The authors are experienced writers and photographers of the living world, whose expertise is familiar to readers of this series. They are the authors of Butterflies of the World, Spiders of the World and Madagascar: A Natural History
Butterflies of the world by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a timely resume of current knowledge of the biology, behavior, and life cycles of the butterfly
The encyclopedia of land invertebrate behaviour by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

13 editions published between 1933 and 1993 in English and held by 712 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 )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 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 521 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 )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 501 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
Discovering centipedes & millipedes by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 470 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 457 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 )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Index and bibliography included
Bugs, beetles, spiders, snakes by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 328 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 chapter
500 cacti : species and varieties in cultivation by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 322 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 )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Danish and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations introduce the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of various species of spiders
Encyclopedia of insects and spiders by Rod Preston-Mafham( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 263 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 203 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 )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and German and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives a textural and pictoral examination of a variety of insect types, including physical characteristics, locales, behaviors and related information
Butterflies and moths by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides detailed information on the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, life cycle, protection against predators, and interaction with humans of butterflies and moths
Frogs & toads : the new compact study guide and identifier by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated guide to the identification of 100 species of frogs and toads
Identifying butterflies : the new compact study guide and identifier by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition presents over 100 species of butterflies from around the world, with an informative introduction on butterfly classification and characteristics. Contains succinct text, full color photographs, easy reference symbols, and at-a-glance information on habitat and feeding
Cacti and succulents in habitat by Ken Preston-Mafham( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents photographs of the authors' discoveries of around 100 cacti and succulents in their natural habitats in South America, South Africa and South Western USA. Travellers and gardeners alike can learn where the plants can be found and how they can be grown in natural conditions." --Publisher description
 
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Bugs of the world
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 (133)

French (2)

Danish (2)

Spanish (2)

German (1)

Covers
Primates of the worldButterflies of the worldThe encyclopedia of land invertebrate behaviourThe natural history of insects500 butterflies : butterflies from around the worldThe natural history of spidersBugs, beetles, spiders, snakes500 cacti : species and varieties in cultivation