What Bit Me?: Identifying Hawai'i's Stinging and Biting Insects and Their Kin

What Bit Me?: Identifying Hawai'i's Stinging and Biting Insects and Their Kin

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What Bit Me?: Identifying Hawai'i's Stinging and Biting Insects and Their Kin by Gordon M. Nishida, Joann M. Tenorio, JoAnn M. Tenorio

This reference covers the stinging and biting insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and their relatives commonly encountered by humans and pets in Hawai'i. In language understandable by nonscientists, the authors explain the history, life cycle, structure, and venoms and toxins known for each pest species. They provide descriptions to help you recognize what has bitten or stung you and to help you distinguish insects that are nuisances from those that are potentially dangerous. They also discuss how to treat bites and stings safely. What Bit Me? belongs on every home medical bookshelf. It contains information essential to parents, anyone who works with children, hikers, gardeners, agricultural workers, and especially health professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824814922
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 05/28/1993
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
How Arthropods Harm Us2
Bites and Stings2
Venoms2
Defensive Secretions3
Allergic Reactions3
Disease Transmission3
Structure of Arthropods3
Life Cycle3
Recognition of Insects and Their Kin4
Where to Get More Information5
About Poisoning5
About Insects5
Insects and Their Kin around You9
Arachnida9
Spiders9
Southern Black Widow: Latrodectus mactans9
Brown Widow: Latrodectus geometricus12
Western Black Widow: Latrodectus hesperus13
Brown Violin Spider: Loxosceles rufescens13
Pale Leaf Spider: Cheiracanthium diversum15
"Daring Jumping Spider" Phidippus audax16
Asian Spinybacked Spider: Gasteracantha mammosa17
Large Brown Spider: Heteropoda venatoria19
Mites20
Tropical Fowl Mite: Ornithonyssus bursa20
Tropical Rat Mite: Ornithonyssus bacoti20
Northern Fowl Mite: Ornithonyssus sylviarum20
Straw Itch Mite: Pyemotes boylei20
Cheyletiellid Mites: Cheyletiella spp.22
Human Itch Mite: Sarcoptes scabiei23
House Dust Mites: Dermatophagoides spp.24
Ticks25
Brown Dog Tick: Rhipicephalus sanguineus25
Scorpions27
Lesser Brown Scorpion: Isometrus maculatus27
Chilopoda29
Centipedes29
Large Centipede: Scolopendra subspinipes29
Diplopoda31
Millipedes31
No common name: Spirobolellus sp.31
Insecta33
Cockroaches33
American Cockroach: Periplaneta americana33
Australasian Cockroach: Periplaneta australasiae34
Brownbanded Cockroach: Supella longipalpa34
German Cockroach: Blattella germanica36
Burrowing Cockroach: Pycnoscelus indicus38
Madeira Cockroach: Rhyparobia maderae38
Lice38
Head Louse: Pediculus humanus capitis38
Body Louse: Pediculus humanus humanus40
Crab Louse: Pthirus pubis41
Thrips42
True Bugs43
Bed Bug: Cimex lectularius43
Large Kissing Bug: Triatoma rubrofasciata45
Pacific Kissing Bug: Oncocephalus pacificus45
No common name: Clerada apicicornis45
Beetles46
No common name: Thelyphassa apicata46
Flies and Mosquitoes46
Forest Day Mosquito: Aedes albopictus47
Night-biting Mosquito: Aedes nocturnus48
Yellowfever Mosquito: Aedes aegypti48
Southern House Mosquito: Culex quinquefasciatus49
Bromeliad Mosquito: Wyeomyia mitchelli49
"Cannibal Mosquito" Toxorhynchites spp.50
Stable Fly: Stomoxys calcitrans50
Horn Fly: Haematobia irritans52
House Fly: Musca domestica52
Dog Dung Fly: Musca sorbens52
Fleas53
Cat Flea: Ctenocephalides felis53
"Human Flea" Pulex irritans56
Oriental Rat Flea: Xenopsylla cheopis56
Bees56
Honey Bee: Apis mellifera56
Sonoran Carpenter Bee: Xylocopa sonorina59
Wasps59
Western Yellowjacket: Paravespula pensylvanica59
"Common Yellowjacket" Paravespula vulgaris60
Common Paper Wasp: Polistes exclamans60
Muddauber: Sceliphron caementarium60
Other Bees and Wasps60
Ants62
Fire Ant: Solenopsis geminata62
Argentine Ant: Iridomyrmex humilis63
No common name: Iridomyrmex glaber64
Mexican Ant: Pseudomyrmex gracilis mexicanus64
Pharoah Ant: Monomorium pharaonis64
References65
Acknowledgments67
Index69

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