Contributors 1. General Morphology, Classification, and Biology of Cerambycidae Marcela L. Monne, Miguel A. Monne, and Qiao Wang 2. Life History and Population Dynamics of Cerambycids Robert A. Haack, Melody A. Keena, and Dominic Eyre 3. Feeding Biology of Cerambycids Robert A. Haack 4. Reproductive Biology of Cerambycids Lawrence M. Hanks and Qiao Wang 5. Chemical Ecology of Cerambycids Jocelyn G. Millar and Lawrence M. Hanks 6. Cerambycids as Plant Disease Vectors with Special Reference to Pine Wilt Suleyman Akbulut, Katsumi Togashi, and Marc J. Linit 7. Laboratory Rearing and Handling of Cerambycids Melody A. Keena 8. Natural Enemies and Biological Control of Cerambycid Pests Timothy D. Paine 9. Cultural Control of Cerambycid Pests Qiao Wang 10. Chemical Control of Cerambycid Pests Qiao Wang 11. Cerambycid Pests in Forests and Urban Trees Robert A. Haack 12. Cerambycid Pests in Agricultural and Horticultural Crops Qiao Wang 13. Invasive Cerambycid Pests and Biosecurity Measures Dominic Eyre and Robert A. Haack Index
Qiao Wang, PhD, is a professor of entomology at the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He earned his MSc under Professor Shu-nan Chiang from Southwest Agricultural University, Chongqing, China, PhD under Professors Ian W.B. Thornton and Tim R. New from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and postdoctoral experience under Professor Jocelyn G. Millar from the University of California, Riverside, before joining Massey University. He has studied cerambycid beetles since 1982. His research team currently focuses on plant protection, insect behavior, biological control, and evolutionary biology. Dr. Wang's experience in Australia, China, New Zealand, and the United States is reflected in his more than 300 publications; work with more than 70 postgraduate, postdoctoral, and visiting scientists from around the world; service on editorial boards of a number of international journals and international expert panels; and chairmanship of international conference sessions. Dr. Wang was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award by the Entomological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to entomological science during his career.
This recent book comprises 13 chapters summarizing current knowledge of longhorned beetles, with a focus on pest species. Wang has gathered contributions from an impressive cohort of the world's most respected experts on longhorned beetles. Chapters review both basics of cerambycid taxonomy, mor- phology, and behavior (feeding, reproduction, and chemical ecology), as well as more applied concerns, such as laboratory rearing, pest control, and bio- security. Overall, this volume is a valuable contribution to the literature as a "one-stop shop" for readers seeking a comprehensive overview of longhorned beetles.
Since the 1960s, there have been few works written about the family Cerambycidae as a whole. Cerambycidae of the World is the only recent contribution to the literature with a worldwide focus, and it is a welcome update to the works of earlier authors. Introductory chapters present valuable information about cerambycid classification and natural history. The first chapter contains diagnoses and keys to both larvae and adults of all subfamilies, accompanied with line drawings and/or black-and-white photographs of important characters. Chapters 2 and 4 draw from the global literature to give readers a thorough overview of cerambycid life history and reproductive biology-not an easy task for a family of insects with more than 36,000 species. Later chapters focus on application, featuring excellent contributions from Millar and Hanks (Chapter 5) on pheromones, from Keena (Chapter 7) on laboratory rearing, and from Eyre and Haack (Chapter 13) on cerambycids as invasive species and regulations to prevent introduction of pest species. Each of these chapters stands out for high "citability." Some chapters are written more as encyclopedia entries rather than narrative reviews, making those chapters useful references for individual taxa.
Overall, this book provides an excellent overview of the biology and economic impact of cerambycid beetles. It represents a tremendous effort on the part of Wang and the authors, and has resulted in a much-needed update to the literature. This volume is the only work of its kind available at this time, and is a valuable addition to the library of any scientist studying wood-boring beetles.
- Ann M. Ray, Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 94, 2019