Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs

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Basic Books, Jun 18, 1996 - Nature - 400 pages
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An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.

 

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From this list about bug books. "There are few human activities, no matter how simple or complex, that don't relate to insects. Even the invention of the computer owes its origins to Bombyx mori, the ... Read full review

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this is an okay book... good for someone curious about the impact that insects have on society and culture. More of a leisurely read for the entomologically-inclined Read full review

Contents

CLASSIFICATION AND NOMENCLATURE A ROSECHAFER BY ANY OTHER NAME History of classification
2
Arthropod arrangements
7
PHYSIOLOGY Good things in small packages
13
Metamorphosis quickchange artistry
21
Reproduction sex bugs and rock and roll
25
Genetics designer genes
31
BEHAVIOR Sensory physiology
39
Listening to sounds cheep trills
44
Human entomophagy rustling up some grubs
178
PARASITES AND HOSTS Insects parasitic on humans whats eating you?
192
Lice typhus and war a lousy situation
203
Fleas and plague
211
The buzz on mosquitoes
220
Aedes a mosquito a plan a canal
222
Anopheles to the vector go the spoils
231
ODD APPETITES AND OUTOFTHEWAY PLACES Coprophagy dungeating and sacred scarabs
241

Looking around sights to behold
49
Tastes and smells
51
SOCIAL LIVES The joys of group living
60
Social structures
64
Bees in business
73
Pollination
82
Killer bees
91
VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLES Green meals
100
Down on the farm
106
Population growth locust plagues and insect exorcisms
109
Useful homopterans working for scale
119
Gallmakers gall enough in thy ink
128
Silk and silkworms
134
Storedproduct pests and home invaders
144
EATING INSECTS Meateating for fun and profit
152
Parasitoids
157
Biological control of insects
158
Insects as prey studies in bad taste
160
Insects as medicine flies in the ointment
166
Insects in carrion of maggots and murderers
247
Bodies in the pantry
253
Detritivores the dirt on termites
256
Adjustments to life in or on the water
260
Flytying and flyfishing
265
Aquatic insects as bioindicators its the pits
269
INSECTS AND PEOPLE History of entomology in the United States
275
History of pest control
285
Fire ants Congress and the EPA
297
Entomophobia and delusory parasitosis
301
Insects and the law
306
APPRECIATING INSECTS Insects as symbols
316
Insects in art
322
Bugs on the big screen
328
Collecting insects for fun and profit
333
EQUAL TIME THE INSECT PERSPECTIVE
345
Appendix
352
Index
364
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About the author (1996)

May Berenbaum is professor of entomology at the University of Illinois. She’s the author of 99 Gnats, Nits and Nibblers and More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers.

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