Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination

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This color-illustrated introductory textbook for an undergraduate entomology course is specifically designed to keep non-entomology majors and non-science majors engaged, with a conversational writing style, a sense of humor, and many references to insects in popular culture and history. The text attempts to generate student interest with discussion of instant messaging and hook-ups in the insect world, along with material on insects as weapons of war, invasive insect species, insects responding to climate change, and insects helping humans through the centuries. The book’s lively art program offers color photos, charts, diagrams, and illustrations on every page. Other learning features include fun-fact boxes, key concepts, review questions, self-tests, and recommended web links and videos. Appendices list sources of live and preserved specimens, sources of study materials and collecting materials, and material about insects in art, fashion, and jewelry. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

Designed as an introduction to the intriguing world of insect biology, this book examines familiar entomological topics in nontraditional ways. Author David B. Rivers gives important concepts relatable context through a pop culture lens, and he covers subjects that are not typical for entomology textbooks, including the impact of insects on the human condition, the sex lives of insects, why insects are phat but not fat, forensic entomology, and the threats that some insects pose to humanity.

Each chapter presents clear and concise key concepts, chapter reviews, review questions following Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, web links to videos and other resources, and breakout boxes (called Fly Spots) that capture student interest with unique and entertaining facts related to entomology. Focusing on both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of insect biology and packed with extensive learning resources, Insects covers a wide range of topics suitable for life science majors, as well as non-science students, including:

• the positive and negative influences of insects on everyday human life
• insect abundance
• insect classification (here presented in the context of social media)
• insect feeding, communication, defense, and sex
• how insects are responding to climate change
• forensic entomology
• how insects can be used as weapons of war
• how insects relate to national security
• why insects have wings
• how to read pesticide labels

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland :, Johns Hopkins University Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781421421704
Characteristics: xi, 474 pages ; 29 cm


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