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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Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston have recently produced a revised fifth version of their text, maintaining much of the structure and style of the former editions, but significantly updating the information and adding a chapter on human-mediated changes in insect distributions; i.e. global climate change, globalized commerce, and invasive insects. . . The book is supported by a companion website that includes Powerpoint versions of all illustrations and PDFs of all tables, thereby aiding lecture development. By significantly updating the information presented in the book, the authors amply illustrate the dynamic nature of Entomology. Insects can capture the imagination of new students, but showing those students that Entomology can sustain an exciting life is the means to recruit the ablest minds to our discipline. This book is an excellent ambassador to that pursuit.” (Cornell University Insect Collection, 8 December 2014)

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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 adjunct professors in Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, in the Research School of Biology, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, where they conduct research on the biodiversity and systematics of Coccoidea and Chironomidae, respectively. Both maintain emeritus connections with the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis, USA.

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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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