Encyclopedia of Insects / Edition 2

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"Awarded Best Reference by the New York Public Library (2004), Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE (2003), and AAP/PSP 2003 Best Single Volume Reference/Sciences by Association of American Publishers' Professional Scholarly Publishing Division, the first edition of Encyclopedia of Insects was acclaimed as the most comprehensive work devoted to insects. Covering all aspects of insect anatomy, physiology, evolution, behavior, reproduction, ecology, and disease, as well as issues of exploitation, conservation, and management, this book sets the standard in entomology." The second edition of this reference will continue the tradition by providing the most comprehensive, useful, and up-to-date resource for professionals. Expanded sections in forensic entomology, biotechnology and Drosphila, reflect the full update of over 300 topics. Articles contributed by over 260 high profile and internationally recognized entomologists provide definitive facts regarding all insects from ants, beetles, and butterflies to yellow jackets, zoraptera, and zygentoma.

Audience: Entomologists and pest management officers in agrobusiness or government positions.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This incredible book will take you anywhere you wish in the fascinating world of insects. Its 271 articles, each written by a recognized specialist, cover the entire spectrum of entomology (the study of insects). The articles, though arranged alphabetically, represent 12 general subject areas, including anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, major insect groups, and human interactions. The articles themselves cover such diverse topics as acoustic behavior, Africanized bees, biodiversity, gypsy moths, walking sticks, wings, and yellow fever. Each article ends with a short list of related articles, thus leading the reader along an often branching path further into the intricacies of entomology. The information-packed text is clearly and concisely written and well illustrated with both line drawings and color photographs. A glossary that defines 750 specialized terms and an index comprising 7000 entries complete this gargantuan tome, which weighs 7 lbs., 9 oz. Though not scholarly, this book would be of interest to professionals who need to check quickly on a specialty that is not theirs. It is appropriate for academic libraries and would be especially useful in public libraries, giving lay readers information on any aspect of entomology all in one book.-Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"...a truly spectacular book. ...The wealth of information this attractively illustrated book presents will make it a valued reference..."
-P. K. Lago for CHOICE, September 2003

"The best insect book I have come across in my career...the right balance of scholarly information, depth and engaging interest..."
-Michael Majerus for NEW SCIENTIST, August 2003

"...This comprehensive survey of the insect world will provide...depth well beyond the usual smattering of identification guides."

"...this book should be on the shelf of every biologist and naturalist. It is a gold-mine of fascinating information..."
-Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

"This comprehensive work is a definitive account of the most diverse...and least appreciated and understood groups of animals..."
-Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

"The editors have recruited an impressive team of international experts...an invaluable work of reference."
-Sir Richard Southwood, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford

"More than 250 individual articles are clearly and concisely written...a must for all biological libraries and individual biologists."
-Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Gardens

"The Encyclopedia does a remarkable job of combining basic information...with an engaging sense of the sheer wonder of insect diversity."
-Lord Robert May, University of Oxford; President, The Royal Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123741448
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Agricultural Entomology;
Biotechnology and Insects;
Circadian Rhythms;
Defensive Behavior;
Excretory System (Structure and Function);
Feeding Behavior;
Forensic Entomology;
Genetic Engineering of Insects;
Host Seeking, by Parasitoids;
Insecticide and Acaricide Resistance;
Japanese Beetle;
Larvae, Pupae;
Mechanoreception (Touch, Sensillar Structure);
Neurosecretory Cells;
Nomenclature and Classification, Pheromones;
Scales and Setae;
Tsetse Fly; and more
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