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Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects / Edition 7

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ISBN-13: 9780030968358
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 05/19/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 306,011
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Norman F. Johnson is a professor of biology at Ohio State University and curator of the Ohio State University insect collection. His research interests include the systematics of parasitic Hymenoptera and in particular the Proctotrupoidea. His focus to date has been on the Scelionidae, a speciose group important as biological control agents of their hosts. In 1992 he assumed the position of director of the OSU Insect Collection.

Charles A. Triplehorn is emeritus faculty at Ohio State University and his broad interests include systematics and biogeography of Coleoptera. His research is primarily on the large family Tenebrionidae, especially those of the Western Hemisphere. Since his retirement from Ohio State in 1992, he has concentrated on two major projects: a revision of the genus Eleodes and of the Neotropical Diaperini. Triplehorn is the former president of the American Entomological Society.

Table of Contents

1. Insects and Their Ways. 2. The Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of Insects. 3. Systematics, Nomenclature, and Identification. 4. Behavior and Ecology. 5. Phylum Arthropoda. 6. Hexapoda. 7. The Entognathous Hexapods: Protura, Collembola, Diplura. 8. The Apterygote Insects: Microcoryphia and Thysanura. 9. Order Ephemeroptera: Mayflies. 10. Order Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies. 11. Order Orthoptera: Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids. 12. Order Phasmatodea: Walkingsticks and Leaf Insects. 13. Order Grylloblattodea: Rockcrawlers. 14. Order Mantophasmatodea. 15. Order Dermaptera: Earwigs. 16. Order Plecoptera: Stoneflies. 17. Order Embiidina: Webspinners. 18. Order Zoraptera: Zorapterans, Angel Insects. 19. Order Isoptera: Termites. 20. Order Mantodea: Mantids. 21. Order Blattodea: Cockroaches. 22. Order Hemiptera: True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Psyllids, Whiteflies, Aphids, and Scale Insects. 23. Order Thysanoptera: Thrips. 24. Order Psocoptera: Psocids. 25. Order Phthiraptera: Lice. 26. Order Coleoptera: Beetles. 27. Order Neuroptera: Alderflies, Dobsonflies, Fishflies, Snakeflies, Lacewings, Antlions, and Owlflies. 28. Order Hymenoptera: Sawflies, Parasitic Wasps, Ants, Wasps, and Bees. 29. Order Trichoptera: Caddisflies. 30. Order Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths. 31. Order Siphonaptera: Fleas. 32. Order Mecoptera: Scorpionflies and Hangingflies. 33. Order Strepsiptera: Twisted-Winged Parasites. 34. Order Diptera: Flies. 35. Collecting, Preserving, and Studying Insects.

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Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Luan_Nguyen More than 1 year ago
The book is extraordinary. As a part in the title state “introduction to the study of insects,” it would lively give you a tour about insect’s world, especially the insects in North America. For a text book, it is super informative, but it is not boring because of the wealth of illustrations. Whether you are an entomologist or you have no idea about insects, the book would make you have more attention to insects. Throughout 35 chapters (introduction, anatomy, physiology, behavior, colony … and 26 mains orders), you would likely be able to distinguish some of insects that you meet next time. The most interesting part is the last chapter which is a guide for “collecting, preserving, and studying insects.” Some people said insects are cool and some said insects are disturbing. Others don’t care or don’t even notice much of the appearing of insects. That’s why the authors used the first chapter to quickly draw attention to insects by mentioning how many insects live around us. In the second chapter, the authors describe the common structures of insects: head, thorax, wings and legs. The chapter also gives detail about antennae, mouthparts, etc. That would be enough information for anyone who is just curious about insects. Moreover, they also focused on insects’ physiological systems (digestive system, excretory system, circulatory system…) and how they work. The structures and functions of each system were broken down to the molecular level and well explained. If you are interested in butterflies’ life cycle, the third chapter would be your favorite. There was all information about development and metamorphosis. They talked about embryonic development to full adult and from simple metamorphosis to complete metamorphosis. Then the next chapter is all about classification and identification. It was a little bit rough with all the scientific names, pronunciations, common names, and identification keys, but it’s very helpful when you need it. Insects have their own world. In their small world, insects have a system that works just like human. We can see that by look at termite societies, ants, and honey bee. They are learning through experiment and created a behavior patterns. They are communicating together to tell where the food is. The rest of the book was 26 main orders ( Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, …) of insect and detail about family level of each order.  My favorite part is the last chapter, there’s a part “Collecting, preserving, and studying insects.” It was a very good guide about when and where to collect insects. What equipment should we use to collecting? (Insect net, killing bottles, traps…). How to handle, mount, and label the specimen after catching? And how to preserve insects in fluids? All the answers were clearly written down in the last chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interested in insects. It was fun to read and helpful with its encyclopedic content. 
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