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Bugs In The System: Insects And Their Impact On Human Affairs [NOOK Book]

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An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.

An entomologist's lively account of how insects impact our lives. Here is a whole world of fascinating and odd insect life, from the Roman Emperor Justinian sending spies to China to kidnap silkworms, to the discovery that maggots actually help to heal serious wounds, to the ...

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Bugs In The System: Insects And Their Impact On Human Affairs

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Overview

An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.

An entomologist's lively account of how insects impact our lives. Here is a whole world of fascinating and odd insect life, from the Roman Emperor Justinian sending spies to China to kidnap silkworms, to the discovery that maggots actually help to heal serious wounds, to the incredible loss of life caused by mosquitos. Black-and-white photos.

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Insects play such an integral role in the efficient functioning of nature that it is impossible to envision the world without them. Yet we attempt to keep as far away from most insects as possible and are vaguely embarrassed as well as sometimes discomforted when they come too close. Berenbaum, head of the Entomology Dept. at the U. of Illinois, writes with wit and humor about insects, noting the harmful aspects of our interactions with them as well as the obvious benefits we derive from such creatures as honeybees and silkworms, and including the hidden benefits, probably the most important of which is the pollination of plants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465024452
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 744,119
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

May Berenbaum is professor of entomology at the University of Illinois. She’s the author of 99 Gnats, Nits and Nibblers and More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 Classification and Nomenclature ("A Rose-chafer by any Other Name...") 1
Ch. 2 Physiology 12
Ch. 3 Behavior 38
Ch. 4 Social Lives 59
Ch. 5 Vegetarian Lifestyles 99
Ch. 6 Eating Insects 151
Ch. 7 Parasites and Hosts 191
Ch. 8 Odd Appetites and Out-of-the-Way Places 240
Ch. 9 Insects and People 274
Ch. 10 Appreciating Insects 315
Ch. 11 Equal Time (The Insect Perspective) 344
Appendix 351
Index 363
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