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The Insects: An Outline of Entomology Hardcover – February 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1444330366 ISBN-10: 1444330365 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4 edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444330365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444330366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Importantly, the text, illustrations and features such as text Boxes are written and presented in such a stimulating way as to represent an appealing outline of entomology to undergraduates, amateurs, or specialists in related fields including conservation, and the book comes with a high recommendation ." (J Insect Conserv, 2010)

 

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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.

The authors maintain the tradition of clarity and conciseness set by earlier editions, and the text is illustrated profusely with specially commissioned hand-drawn figures. The illustrations and the informative text aim to encourage the scientific study of insects, either as a vocation or as a hobby. The book is intended as the principal text for students studying entomology, as well as a reference text for undergraduate and graduate courses in fields of ecology, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, palaeontology, zoology, and medical and veterinary science.


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I bought this book for an entomology course I was taking and I will treasure it in years to come.
Tamsin Jones
If you are going to classify insects though order the Triplehorn and Johnson book to go along with it.
O. Long
Easy to read, organized, and has all the information I needed as a graduate student in Entomology.
Sydney E. Crawley

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hallstatt Prince on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
(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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Hughes on September 25, 2009
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By O. Long on March 25, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JFletch on January 28, 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manda Rae on January 11, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond J. Hicks on August 20, 2012
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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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