Bugs Rule!: An Introduction to the World of Insects

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Princeton University Press, Sep 15, 2013 - Science - 496 pages

Bugs Rule! provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.


Ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, Bugs Rule! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures.


  • Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject

  • Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders

  • Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans

  • Features more than 830 color photos

  • Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society

  • An online illustration package is available to professors

 

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I SAVED THIS BECAUSE I AM RESEARCHING THIS BIG ASS BLACK ANT THAT IS BUILDING ITS HOME RIGHT NEXT TO MY PORCH. IT IS A VERY LARGE, IMPOSING BLACK ANT THAT IS KIND OF SCARY. SO WAS GOING TO READ THROUGH THIS TO MAYBE SEE WHAT KIND OF ANT I AM DEALING WITH.....

Contents

1 Introduction to the Arthropods
1
2 What One Sees on the OutsideExternal Features of Insects
14
3 The Internal Organization
39
4 Growth and Metamorphosis
58
5 The ArachnidsSpiders Scorpions Mites and Other EightLegged Wonders
75
6 The Other Arthropods
119
7 Oldies but Goodies
136
8 Insects Fly
144
13 Life on an AllFluid Diet
212
14 Insect Bruisers and Their Lacewinged Cousins
252
15 City Builders That Rule
296
16 ScaleWinged Beauties and Custom Homebuilders
339
17 Gift Bearers of Plagueor a Plump Insect Wedding Present
377
18 Marvels of the AirTwoWinged Wonders
387
STATE INSECTS
425
LARGEST ARTHROPODS
431

9 Jumpers and StrollersGrasshoppers Crickets and Walkingsticks
155
10 Variety Is the Spice of LifeSome Minor but Interesting Insect Orders
171
11 Roach Cities and Assassin Cousins
182
12 Lousy Nitpickers
202
SUMMARY OF FEATURES OF THE HEXAPOD ORDERS
435
GLOSSARY
459
INDEX
475
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About the author (2013)

Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton). Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes.

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