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Encyclopedia of insects
Resh, Vincent H.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 1266 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
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QL462.3 .E485 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The Encyclopedia of Insects is a comprehensive work devoted to all aspects of insects, including their anatomy, physiology, evolution, behavior, reproduction, ecology, and disease, as well as issues of exploitation, conservation, and management. Articles provide definitive facts about all insects from aphids, beetles and butterflies to weevils and yellowjackets.

Insects are beautiful and dreadful, ravenous pests and devastating disease vectors, resilient and resistant to eradication, and the source of great benefit and great loss for civilization. Important for ecosystem health, they have influenced the evolution of other life forms on our planet including humans. Anyone interested in insects, from university professors and researchers to high school students preparing a report, will find The Encyclopedia of Insects an indispensable volume for insect information.

Author Notes

Vincent Resh is Professor of Entomology and a Curator of the Essig Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1975. He is the author of more than 250 articles on insects, mainly on the role of aquatic insects in the assessment of water pollution and as vectors of disease. For 22 years, he was an editor of the Annual Review of Entomology and currently serves as an ecological advisor to the United Nations World Health Organization's program on the control of river blindness in West Africa. In 1995, he was elected as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and was the recipient of the University of California at Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award
Ring Carde joined the Department of Entomology of the University of California, Riverside, in 1996 as Distinguished Professor and holds the position of A. M. Boyce Chair. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts and Michigan State University. He has authored more than 200 articles on insect chemical messengers, particularly on moth communication by pheromones, and has edited three books on insect chemical ecology and pheromones. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of Canada, and the Royal Entomological Society

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Library Journal Review

This incredible book will take you anywhere you wish in the fascinating world of insects. Its 271 articles, each written by a recognized specialist, cover the entire spectrum of entomology (the study of insects). The articles, though arranged alphabetically, represent 12 general subject areas, including anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, major insect groups, and human interactions. The articles themselves cover such diverse topics as acoustic behavior, Africanized bees, biodiversity, gypsy moths, walking sticks, wings, and yellow fever. Each article ends with a short list of related articles, thus leading the reader along an often branching path further into the intricacies of entomology. The information-packed text is clearly and concisely written and well illustrated with both line drawings and color photographs. A glossary that defines 750 specialized terms and an index comprising 7000 entries complete this gargantuan tome, which weighs 7 lbs., 9 oz. Though not scholarly, this book would be of interest to professionals who need to check quickly on a specialty that is not theirs. It is appropriate for academic libraries and would be especially useful in public libraries, giving lay readers information on any aspect of entomology all in one book.-Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

To entomologists, covering a group of organisms as large and diverse as insects in a one-volume encyclopedia would seem impossible, but Resh and Carde have produced, with the help of some of the biggest names in entomology today, a truly spectacular book. Although the work focuses on insects, it provides many articles concerning noninsectile arthropods. Each insect order is considered in some detail, including classification, biology, and importance, and although coverage is current, it is not particularly even. For most, but not all (e.g., Diptera, Lepidoptera), a table of the most recent classification is presented, along with a complete list of families. Hemiptera are not discussed as a single order; instead, three suborders are covered in disjunctive articles. Structure and function of internal systems and external morphology are discussed in detail in numerous articles, as are basic physiology, behavior, sensory reception, and locomotion. Major diseases associated with or vectored by insects are considered individually and overviews of pest management strategies are included. Some of the more interesting or unexpected entries include "Insectivorous Vertebrates," "Cultural Entomology," "Folk Beliefs & Superstitions," "Puddling Behavior," and "Insects in Movies." Like any other broad-spectrum book, this one has a few omissions, but these do not detract in any major way. The wealth of information this attractively illustrated book presents will make it a valued reference for any library supporting natural history. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. P. K. Lago University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Agricultural Entomology
Biotechnology and Insects
Circadian Rhythms
Defensive Behavior
Excretory System (Structure and Function)
Feeding Behavior
Forensic Entomology
Genetic Engineering of Insects
Host Seeking, by Parasitoids
Insecticide and Acaricide Resistance
Japanese Beetle
Larvae, Pupae
Mechanoreception (Touch, Sensillar Structure);Neurosecretory Cells
Nomenclature and Classification, Pheromones
Scales and Setae
Tsetse Fly and more