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Title:
Bugs of the world
Author:
McGavin, George.
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Edition:
Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London : Blandford, 1999.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780713727869
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

They're everywhere -- over 80,000 fascinating and varied species of bug. Some have bright, metallic coloring; others discreetly camouflage themselves by blending into the environment. Meet the helpful and the harmful (capable of destroying entire crops), and take a look at their strange, remarkable behavior.


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Library Journal Review

From delicate scale insects to noisy cicadas, exquisitely patterned leaf hoppers, bizarre lanternflies, predatory assassin bugs, and blood-sucking species, McGavin introduces us to the amazing array of form, color pattern, and behavior displayed by this specialized group of insects as the result of 280 million years of evolution. (Bugs include any insect of the order hemiptera, characterized by sucking mouth parts and thickened forewings.) Chapters on structure, diseases and enemies, defenses, food and feeding, mating and egg laying, and human interactions acquaint us with the everyday lives of bugs and explain how to collect and preserve specimens. The chapter on classification describes or touches on most of the over 140 bug families. This attractive addition to the acclaimed ``Of the World'' series is scientifically accurate and informative, yet readable and entertaining, and it will appeal to beginner and professional alike. The clear line drawings and wonderful color photographs form an integral part of the volume.-- An nette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Re search Inst., Panama (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Highly entertaining and informative, this book on the Hemiptera is one of the best popularly written books available on this specific group of insects. Many bugs are plant pests and therefore are of particular interest to gardeners, but the extraordinary diversity of hemipterans should make them interesting to almost everyone. A treatment of this large order (more than 80,000 species), is a daunting challenge that McGavin handles most successfully. Basically, he writes about the diversity of hemipterans, but also deals holistically with the biology of bugs. Separate chapters treat collecting, morphology (structure), classification (the longest chapter), diseases and enemies, defenses, food and feeding, mating and egg-laying, and bugs and people. A rather complete index, a list of selected references, numerous line drawings, and 94 absolutely spectacular full-color photographs add to its usefulness and appeal. A valuable addition to libraries serving both advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as amateur entomologists and all persons interested in bugs. P. E. Lutz; University of North Carolina at Greensboro