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Insects

Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination

David B. Rivers

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An introduction to the intriguing world of insects, from bullet ants to butterflies.

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.

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An introduction to the intriguing world of insects, from bullet ants to butterflies.

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

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The author presents an interesting discussion of a broad range of insect natural history... Recommended.

With the wide range of included topics, everyone will find something of interest, even if they are only mildly interested in insects.

Rivers has produced a textbook with a difference and I am sure that any undergraduate studying general insect biology will find it useful and informative.

The text is penned with a vernacular that is fresh and relevant to current undergraduate students and oozes with an entomological swagger representing the passion of the insect world—a world that interested students will find much more enriching through the compound lens of this book.

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8.5
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11
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488
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9781421421704
Illustration Description
282 color photos, 35 color illus., 26 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Insects: Busting the Myths, Lies and Urban Legends
Chapter 2. History of Entomology: A Discipline Founded on Death
Chapter 3. Insects are Not all Bad: Beneficial

Preface
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Insects: Busting the Myths, Lies and Urban Legends
Chapter 2. History of Entomology: A Discipline Founded on Death
Chapter 3. Insects are Not all Bad: Beneficial Aspects of Insect-Human Interactions
Chapter 4. Insects Shaping Human Civilization: Turns out They Might be Bad After All
Chapter 5. 'Dressed' For Success: The Insect Body Plan
Chapter 6. The Insect's new Cloths: Growing by Shedding
Chapter 7. Insect Facebook: The Basics of Insect Classification
Chapter 8. Insects are Phat but Not Fat: Diet, Nutrition, and Food Assimilation
Chapter 9. Sex in the City and Everywhere Else: Insect Reproductive Strategies
Chapter 10. You Can Teach an Insect New Tricks: Learning and Memory in Six-Legged Beasts
Chapter 11. Instant Messaging in the Insect World: Communication with Kin and Non-Kin
Chapter 12. Small But Fortified: Insects are not Defenseless
Chapter 13. Life on the Edge: Coping with Stress
Chapter 14. Revenge of the Humans: Insects as the Hunted
Chapter 15. Forensic Entomology: Insects as Tools in Legal Investigations
Chapter 16. Insect Mercenaries: Weapons for Human Warfare and National Security
Chapter 17. Invasive and Elusive: New Insect Threats to the Human Condition
Appendix
Sources of insects
Sources of insect materials
Sources of insect-related paraphernalia

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David B. Rivers
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David B. Rivers

David B. Rivers is a professor of biology and the director of forensic studies at Loyola University Maryland. He is the coauthor of The Science of Forensic Entomology.
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