Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders

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Christopher O'Toole
Firefly Books, 2002 - Nature - 240 pages
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Combining authoritative, easy-to-read essays with accurate illustrations and full color photographs, this encyclopedia covers all of the families that encompass the million-plus species of insects and spiders. A unique and thoroughly current volume, it includes:

  • Specially commissioned articles written by a team of scientists, zoologists and expert researchers
  • Insightful and up-to-date information on insect and spider biology and behavior
  • The latest scientific findings and interpretations
  • Features that explore and discuss in depth topics that are of particular interest and importance, for example, Beetles as Agents of Biological Control

In addition to a comprehensive text, each species entry also has a Factfile for quick retrieval of essential data:

  • Scientific Order and Population
  • Distribution and Habitat
  • Size, Color and Features
  • Reproduction, Life Cycle and Longevity
  • Conservation Status

Scientists, zoologists and expert researchers have contributed specially commissioned articles. These specialists, all experts in their fields, are actively involved in conducting frontline scientific or behavioral research. The inclusion of their latest findings and interpretations sets this title apart.

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The editors (and numerous contributing scientists) have revised, updated, extended, and improved upon these two titles, first published in 1986. Each volume is organized taxonomically. Overviews of ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Christopher O'Toole works in the Hope Entomological Collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History where he runs the Bee Systematics and Biology Unit. His research has taken him to the deserts of the Middle East and North America and the savannahs of South America and Africa. He has collaborated on natural history films about insects, most recently the six-part BBC TV series Alien Empire, for which he wrote the accompanying book, and has written 14 additional books on insect behavior and natural history, including Bees of the World (with Anthony Raw) and Bumblebees.

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