Essential Entomology: An Order-by-Order Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

An up-to-date order-by-order introduction and reference handbook for students of biological sciences in general and entomology in particular. Covers all the important groups on a worldwide basis and explains what makes insects successful. The book is in three sections: first is a straightforward introduction to insect biology; followed by a section on field work; lastly an order-by-order catalog of the insects giving essential facts and details of life-histories, highlighting what makes each order distinct. To make the material as accessible as possible, the information for each order is presented in a standard manner and is written in a straighforward style with as little technical language as possible. Essential terms are fully explained in context with marginal notes. A pictoral guide, specially commissioned by Richard Lewington, is included to aid in the identification of the orders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198500025
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,016,679
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr George C. McGavin is the Assistant Curator of the Entomological Collections in the Oxford University Museum, one of the worlds' largest insect collections. He is also Lecturer in Biological and Human Sciences at Jesus College, Oxford and a member of the Expedition Council and Advisory Committee of the Oxford University Exploration Club. In addition to scientific papers, he has written many books on bugs and other insects for adults and children and is also known on radio and television. He eats insects regularly and currently has three insect species named in his honour. Illustrations by Richard Lewington, highly-respected and renowned insect artist

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Insect evolution and biology 7
Pt. 2 Guide to the insect orders 49
Pt. 3 The insect orders 59
The 'primitively' wingless insects 61
The winged insects 69
Pt. 4 Fieldwork 277
Glossary 303
Acknowledgements 309
Bibliography 310
Index 313
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