Cockroaches: Ecology, Behavior, and Natural History
The cockroach is truly an evolutionary wonder. This definitive volume provides a complete overview of the Blattaria, highlighting the diversity of these amazing insects in their natural environments. Beginning with a foreword by Edward O. Wilson, the book explores the fascinating natural history and behavior of cockroaches, describing their various colors, sizes, and shapes, as well as how they move on land, in water, and through the air. In addition to habitat, diet, and reproduction, Cockroaches covers aspects of cockroach biology such as the relationship between cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological impact of the group.
With over 150 illustrations, an expanded glossary, and an invaluable set of references, this work is a classic book on the Blattaria. Students and research entomologists can mine each chapter for new ideas, new perspectives, and new directions for future study.
"This transformative work will be an inspiration to students of entomology."—Choice
"This book provides a synthesis of the 4000 species that belong to the suborder Blattaria." —Southeastern Naturalist
"A must-have for any insect hobbiest."—Allpet Roaches Forum
"A well-written book that is also visually attractive."—Integrative and Comparative Biology
"A welcome and interesting successor to the milestone volume, The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches."—Quarterly Review of Biology
"Well suited for any collection delving into insect natural history."—The Midwest Book Review
William J. Bell (1943–1998) was a revered entomologist specializing in insect physiology and behavior. His two-volume work, Chemical Ecology of Insects (coedited with R. T. Carde), is considered a classic in the field. Louis M. Roth (1918–2003) was an acknowledged world expert on cockroaches at Harvard University. Christine A. Nalepa is a research specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and an adjunct associate professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. She works on a variety of insects, including beetles, wasps, cockroaches, and termites.
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This is possibly the best book available on cockroaches around, its fantastic, it does't however contain caresheet's or anything and is purely scientific, but if you're writing an essay/dissertation on cockroaches this is just the thing you are looking for.
It is in essence the Blattaria Bible