Insects: An Outline of Entomology

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"This established, popular textbook provides a stimulating and comprehensive introduction to the insects, the animals that represent over half of the planet's biological diversity. In this new fourth edition, the authors introduce the key features of insect structure, function, behavior, ecology, and classification, placed within the latest ideas on insect evolution." Much of the book is organized around major biological themes: living on the ground, in water, on plants, in colonies, and as predators, parasites/parasitoids, and prey. A strong evolutionary theme is maintained throughout. The ever-growing economic importance of inserts is emphasized in new boxes on insect pests, and in chapters on medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management. Updated 'Taxoboxes' provide concise information on all aspects of each of the 28 major groupings (orders) of insects, plus the three orders of non-insect hexapods.

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"Importantly, the text, illustrations and features such as text Boxes are written and presented in such a stimulating way as to represent an appealing outline of entomology to undergraduates, amateurs, or specialists in related fields including conservation, and the book comes with a high recommendation ." (J Insect Conserv, 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412493607
  • Publisher: Chapman & Hall
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.55 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston are professors in the Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, USA., where they jointly teach undergraduate courses in biodiversity, insect systematics and general entomology, and conduct research on Coccoidea and Chironomidae, respectively. They maintain strong connections to the Australian National University, Canberra, where, as Visiting Fellows, much of this fourth edition was revised.
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Table of Contents

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1 The Importance, Diversity, and Conservation of Insects 1

2 External Anatomy 23

3 Internal Anatomy and Physiology 53

4 Sensory Systems and Behavior 91

5 Reproduction 121

6 Insect Development and Life Histories 151

7 Insect Systematics: Phylogeny and Classification 189

8 Insect Biogeography and Evolution 223

9 Ground-Dwelling Insects 241

10 Aquatic Insects 257

11 Insects and Plants 277

12 Insect Societies 307

13 Insect Predation and Parasitism 339

14 Insect Defense 365

16 Pest Management 407

17 Methods in Entomology: Collecting, Preservation, Curation, and Identification 443

Taxoboxes 461

Glossary 499

References 527

Index 535

Appendix A reference guide to orders 559

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