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The Insects: An Outline of Entomology 3rd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1405111133
ISBN-10: 1405111135
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"Gullan and Cranston" has become the standard in the field....engagingly written and packed with interesting and up-to-date entomological examples.....the most thoroughly updated and appealing general entomology textbook on the market." American Entomologist, Winter 2004 <!--end-->

“Students wanting a single book to give them the whole picture need look no further … Since receiving The Insects I have referred to it daily, my other standby reference texts meriting only an occasional glance. It is an extremely well written and thoroughly up-to-date text, amply and clearly illustrated with magnificent black-and-white drawings.” Review of the first edition in Nature

"...a seriously comprehensive book that any student of entomology should have" Dr John Feltwell, Independent Consultant Ecologist

"an excellent teaching resource and reference work....Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston have certainly written an eminently usable textbook that will be popular with people lecturing entomology courses and with biologists interested in comprehensive and modern synopsis of the most diverse class of animals." African Entomology, 2005

"this book...is not simply a textbook. It is well written and eminently readable with the authors' enthusiasm for their subject apparent throughout. It also has an international scope...Consequently whilst being an invaluable reference source for students, tutors and researchers alike, it will also appeal to amateurs interested in learning more about insects than the basic facts. All in all, this book will make a valuable and much used addition to any school, university library or personal library." Journal of Insect Conservation, June 2005

"Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston have certainly written an eminently usable textbook that will be popular with people lecturing entomology courses and with biologists interested in a comprehensive and modern synopsis of the most diverse class of animals." African Entomology, June 2005

"This book is probably the most well-written textbook in entomology in our present time...As an introduction to the broad field of entomology, this textbook is highly recommended." Norwegian Journal of Entomology, August 2005

"This established and popular textbook is the definitive guide to the study of insects..." Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, August 2005

Book Description

This established and popular textbook is the definitive guide to the study of insects; a group of animals that represent over half of the planets biological diversity. In this new, third edition the authors maintain the clear, concise approach of the previous editions, examining all aspects of insect biology, including:anatomy and physiologyecology of insects in the many different environments in which they are foundevolution of insects, including the most recent genetic researchbehaviors such as sociality, predation, parasitism, and defensemedical and veterinary entomologymanagement of insect pests and how insect activities can be modified or controlledmethods of collecting, preserving, and identifying insects.In addition to updating the whole text with the latest research, this third edition has a new chapter on the methods and results of studies of insect phylogeny and a new review of insect evolution and biogeography. Successful strategies in insect conservation also are covered for the first time, reflecting the increasing threat to natural ecosystems from environmental changes. The systematic reviews of each insect order found in previous editions now include Mantophasmatodea the first new order of insects described for many decades.Written in an accessible and stimulating style, the book includes boxes highlighting key themes, suggestions for further reading, and is extensively illustrated with specially commissioned drawings and color plates. This book is the ideal principal text for students taking courses in entomology and for wider degree courses in which the study of insects is important, such as ecology, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, paleontology, zoology, and medical and veterinary science.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (September 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405111135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405111133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Four and a half stars)

Although this is a fairly technical college text I recommend it to everyone with more than a passing interest in entomology.

The author goes into great detail into the subject and yet with a little work anyone should be able to make it through this text.

Do not be intimidated by the jargon as one will eventaully become familair with it.The illustrations are very helpful.

Aquatic and juvenile insects are not neglected here as they are so often in other texts.

So many children have a passing interest in entomology. Speaking from personal experience as a child for a long time after memorizing one of the Zim guides from cover to cover I thought I knew all that needed to be known about insects. A parent aware of one's child's intellectual development should know when it is time to give their kids more advanced books. There are certainly books that bridge the gap between the Zim guides ad this boo k (The Peterson Field Guide to Insects for example)and although I certainly do not recommend this book for a child the ambitious young adult should be able to get a lot out of this book.

Recommended

Jim Connell "Hallstatt Prince"
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This book covers a LOT of ground regarding insects. Some areas are very informative. In fact, most of it gives an excellent, basic understanding of the various topics, like insect sensory organs. My only concern is that it moves very fast. Some areas of importance are glanced over, and the only reason I can understand them (like systematics) is because I have previous knowledge in that area. This is NOT a beginner's book. I would put this at grad student level for sure. But if you have already taken multiple insect classes with more taylored books, this one would be superfluous. The only reason it helps me is because I have had two insects taxonomy classes, but I don't know much about insect physiology. So with that said, I can't really say who this book is best suited for, other than people in the same situation as I am.
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This book is great for learning entomology. It has the chapters divided into a sequence that is easy to follow and it has many text boxes with extra information. If you are going to classify insects though order the Triplehorn and Johnson book to go along with it. Also while the book and illustrations are great, there are only photographs in the begging of the book, the rest of the illustrations (a large majority of them) are drawing, that while well done are not as nice as photographs or micrographs. If your interest is in morphology or molecular biology then this book is lacking as it is mostly an overview of the insects.
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This book combined with a class on different insects and arachnids made the learning experience real and I plan to keep the textbook from here on out as a reference to the information leaned in the class. The Insects is a great supplement to a class but even for independent study it is effective and informative.
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This textbook was reccomended to me by a friend who said it was a great starting place into entomology. It has helped me understand important principles in a very clear and concise manner. My interest in this subject is only recreational, but even still this book introduces the scientific terms in a manner that is entry level, and then progresses that knowledge as you procede through into the more specific areas of knowledge. This book covers a wide variety of insects and breaks them down according to their lifestyles making it easy for someone like me to access the knowledge within it's covers.

This book also discusses the many uses for entomology, beyond that of identification of insects. It shows you the applications of the knowledge you are gaining, and that is very important I think.

This book and a field guide is all you need to really get a working understanding of entomology and its uses as a science. This book gives you the theory behind the insects and why they are the way they are and is an excellent purchase even for me, the hobbyist.
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This is one of the worst publications I have ever seen in my 4 years at SUNY.

It has the feel of rushed remake of the original version. The most painful evidence I can use to describe this is the use of multiple and sometimes outdated terms for the same structure which appear to be an after thought; what a confusing way to learn a new topic. Another example I can provide about how this text inhibits the learning process is the lack of corresponding figures within the text (they are all over the place) and failure to use generalized anatomical diagrams when explaining the basics. Furthermore, there is no review at the end of the chapters, no corresponding page numbers to words in the glossary and the general the flow of information and the format of the book outline is extremely amateurish. I used to work for a publishing company and I have seen interns do a better job of organizing information in a coherent manner.

Dr. Gullian + Dr. Cranston, please get a new publisher.

Wiley + Blackwell, please find a new job...you are not good at publishing.

I would not buy this book, or use it again.

IF YOU ARE A STUDENT, get the old version and don't waste your money on this rushed 2013v, it is reprehensible garbage undeserving of even its low rental price.
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