Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects / Edition 7by Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn
Pub. Date: 05/19/2004
Publisher: Cengage Learning
First published in the 1950s by the late James Borror and Dwight Moore DeLong, this classic text, INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INSECTS 7TH EDITION, combines the study of insects with clear and current insect identification. In this new edition (available in a bundle with InfoTrac College Edition), Johnson and Triplehorn supply updated information on phylogeny… See more details below
First published in the 1950s by the late James Borror and Dwight Moore DeLong, this classic text, INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INSECTS 7TH EDITION, combines the study of insects with clear and current insect identification. In this new edition (available in a bundle with InfoTrac College Edition), Johnson and Triplehorn supply updated information on phylogeny using systematics while adding a greater emphasis on insect biology and evolution. This greater concentration on insect systematics necessitated many content changes including an added chapter for a newly described order, the Mantophasmatodea, as well as a new chapter reclassifying Order Homoptera (Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Hoppers Psyllids) into Order Hemiptera. Nearly every order has been modified, sometimes substantially, to reflect new discoveries and scientific hypotheses. Many new families have been added throughout the book, some reflecting revised classifications, but many are the result of the discovery of new groups within the United States and Canada, particularly from the New World tropics. These include the families Platystictidae (Odonata), Mackenziellidae (Collembola), Mantoididae (Mantodea), and Fauriellidae (Thysanoptera). The results of molecular analyses are beginning to substantively contribute to the development of a robust and predictive classification. Thus, the phylogeny of insects has changed drastically from the last edition due to the incorporation of molecular data. The most conspicuous of these changes, for example, is the recognition that the order Strepsiptera is most closely related to the true flies (Diptera), rather than to the Coleoptera. Since it was first published in the 1950s, this text has played an important role in understanding and preserving the diversity of the insect world. This title's long history, coupled with the authors' passion for currency and accuracy, make it once again the classic text and reference.
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Table of Contents
1. Insects and Their Ways. 2. The Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of Insects. 3. Systematics, Nomenclature, and Identification. 4. Behavior and Ecology. 5. Phylum Arthropoda. 6. Hexapoda. 7. The Entognathous Hexapods: Protura, Collembola, Diplura. 8. The Apterygote Insects: Microcoryphia and Thysanura. 9. Order Ephemeroptera: Mayflies. 10. Order Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies. 11. Order Orthoptera: Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids. 12. Order Phasmatodea: Walkingsticks and Leaf Insects. 13. Order Grylloblattodea: Rockcrawlers. 14. Order Mantophasmatodea. 15. Order Dermaptera: Earwigs. 16. Order Plecoptera: Stoneflies. 17. Order Embiidina: Webspinners. 18. Order Zoraptera: Zorapterans, Angel Insects. 19. Order Isoptera: Termites. 20. Order Mantodea: Mantids. 21. Order Blattodea: Cockroaches. 22. Order Hemiptera: True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Psyllids, Whiteflies, Aphids, and Scale Insects. 23. Order Thysanoptera: Thrips. 24. Order Psocoptera: Psocids. 25. Order Phthiraptera: Lice. 26. Order Coleoptera: Beetles. 27. Order Neuroptera: Alderflies, Dobsonflies, Fishflies, Snakeflies, Lacewings, Antlions, and Owlflies. 28. Order Hymenoptera: Sawflies, Parasitic Wasps, Ants, Wasps, and Bees. 29. Order Trichoptera: Caddisflies. 30. Order Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths. 31. Order Siphonaptera: Fleas. 32. Order Mecoptera: Scorpionflies and Hangingflies. 33. Order Strepsiptera: Twisted-Winged Parasites. 34. Order Diptera: Flies. 35. Collecting, Preserving, and Studying Insects.
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The book is extraordinary. As a part in the title state “introduction to the study of insects,” it would lively give you a tour about insect’s world, especially the insects in North America. For a text book, it is super informative, but it is not boring because of the wealth of illustrations. Whether you are an entomologist or you have no idea about insects, the book would make you have more attention to insects. Throughout 35 chapters (introduction, anatomy, physiology, behavior, colony … and 26 mains orders), you would likely be able to distinguish some of insects that you meet next time. The most interesting part is the last chapter which is a guide for “collecting, preserving, and studying insects.” Some people said insects are cool and some said insects are disturbing. Others don’t care or don’t even notice much of the appearing of insects. That’s why the authors used the first chapter to quickly draw attention to insects by mentioning how many insects live around us. In the second chapter, the authors describe the common structures of insects: head, thorax, wings and legs. The chapter also gives detail about antennae, mouthparts, etc. That would be enough information for anyone who is just curious about insects. Moreover, they also focused on insects’ physiological systems (digestive system, excretory system, circulatory system…) and how they work. The structures and functions of each system were broken down to the molecular level and well explained. If you are interested in butterflies’ life cycle, the third chapter would be your favorite. There was all information about development and metamorphosis. They talked about embryonic development to full adult and from simple metamorphosis to complete metamorphosis. Then the next chapter is all about classification and identification. It was a little bit rough with all the scientific names, pronunciations, common names, and identification keys, but it’s very helpful when you need it. Insects have their own world. In their small world, insects have a system that works just like human. We can see that by look at termite societies, ants, and honey bee. They are learning through experiment and created a behavior patterns. They are communicating together to tell where the food is. The rest of the book was 26 main orders ( Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, …) of insect and detail about family level of each order. My favorite part is the last chapter, there’s a part “Collecting, preserving, and studying insects.” It was a very good guide about when and where to collect insects. What equipment should we use to collecting? (Insect net, killing bottles, traps…). How to handle, mount, and label the specimen after catching? And how to preserve insects in fluids? All the answers were clearly written down in the last chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interested in insects. It was fun to read and helpful with its encyclopedic content.