The Insects: An Outline of Entomology
This established, popular textbook provides a stimulating and comprehensive introduction to the insects, the animals that represent over half of the planet's biological diversity. In this new fourth edition, the authors introduce the key features of insect structure, function, behavior, ecology and classification, placed within the latest ideas on insect evolution. Much of the book is organised around major biological themes - living on the ground, in water, on plants, in colonies, and as predators, parasites/parasitoids and prey. A strong evolutionary theme is maintained throughout. The ever-growing economic importance of insects is emphasized in new boxes on insect pests, and in chapters on medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management. Updated 'taxoboxes' provide concise information on all aspects of each of the 27 major groupings (orders) of insects.
A companion resources site is available at www.wiley.com/go/gullan/insects. This site includes:
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The illustrations for anatomy are out of context and damnably confusing. You show a novice student the wing and thorax diagram and he's going to have no friggin' CLUE what a plural process is. The text is pleasant to read and highly informative, honestly enjoyable to read, with a lot of great naturalist tradition information like how to construct your own traps.. but for insect anatomy and taxa try another book.
This book goes into a lot of depth concerning insects and their circulatory systems, which was very helpful when I was doing research.