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Bugs of the World

Bugs of the World

by George C. McGavin, Ken Preston-Mafham (Photographer)

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From delicate scale insects to noisy cicadas, exquisitely patterned leaf hoppers, bizarre lanternflies, predatory assassin bugs, and blood-sucking species, McGavin introduces us to the amazing array of form, color pattern, and behavior displayed by this specialized group of insects as the result of 280 million years of evolution. (Bugs include any insect of the order hemiptera, characterized by sucking mouth parts and thickened forewings.) Chapters on structure, diseases and enemies, defenses, food and feeding, mating and egg laying, and human interactions acquaint us with the everyday lives of bugs and explain how to collect and preserve specimens. The chapter on classification describes or touches on most of the over 140 bug families. This attractive addition to the acclaimed ``Of the World'' series is scientifically accurate and informative, yet readable and entertaining, and it will appeal to beginner and professional alike. The clear line drawings and wonderful color photographs form an integral part of the volume.-- An nette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Re search Inst., Panama
Abundantly illustrated with 100 photos of colorful and outlandish members of the order Hemiptera (known to us--and stickler entomologists--as bugs). Lays out for the amateur elements of the collecting, anatomy, classification, diseases and predators, defenses, diet, and mating habits of bugs, and touches on the areas where their needs and ours overlap. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Publication date:
Of the World Series
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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