| ||"This fine book provides a concise and approachable introduction to the intimate world of galls-" |
Graham Stone, The Quarterly Review of Biology, pp.253, September 2013
"The obvious love of the author for this fascinating group of insects and plants shines throughout the book and makes for an enjoyable insight into the world of Australian galls and the insects that cause their production."
R. Andrew Hayes, Austral Ecology, 2013
"There is so much to learn about galls and I recommend this booklet. Enjoy life in a gall...."
Otto Mueller, WA Naturalist, pp.3, March 2013
"The technical nature of this book is nicely balanced with more general information, making it accessible to a wide audience including working ecologists and consultants, entomologists, botanists, scientists and interested amateurs."
Liz Brown, Australasian Plant Conservation, Vol. 21, pp. 32, Sept – Nov 2012
"Life in a Gall is an easy to read book that will satisfy the curiosity when you want to know more than that they are just caused by insects.
The language is simple and scientific terms have been kept to a minimum, new concepts are introduced in simple terms with the scientific term in brackets. An extensive glossary is also supplied."
RG Richardson, Plant Protection Quarterly, pp. 116, Vol.27(3) 2012
"Blanche provides a concise, nontechnical description of galls and gall inducers that should be readable by almost anyone. It is well written and free from errors. The text is supported by a glossary and an index.
A real strength of the book is the photography; it is extremely well illustrated."
John L. Capinera, Florida Entomologist, Volume 95(4), December 2012
"This book is both highly readable and scientifically informative, with its appeal enhanced by the numerous excellent colour photographs (many of them contributed by recognised experts in the insect groups depicted) and clear diagrams that adorn each page.
It is also very well produced. I have no hesitation in recommending the book as a significant summary and introduction to the variety of gall insects in Australia, and of wide interest to naturalists of many persuasions."
TR New, The Victorian Naturalist, pp. 215-216, Vol 129 (6), December 2012
"I can highly recommend this book. You will learn heaps, as I did. It is a short book but it is crammed with useful and interesting information. After reading it, you'll find yourself noticing galls everywhere, and you might even find yourself observing a few and wanting them develop. Life in all its variations and intricacies is just amazing, and galls are full of life, and they are now interesting too. I'm now hanging out for the ID book for Victorian galls!"
Russell Best, Growing Australian, September 2012, pp. 13
"Learn how gall-inducing insects can be beneficial. Marvel at the life cycle of the fig wasp. Be amazed by the schoolkids who discovered a new species of gall wasp and named it after Shrek."
Denis Crawford, Gardening Australia Magazine, p. 88, September 2012