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, 488 pages

282 color photos, 35 color illus., 26 b&w illus.

March 2017



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Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination



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

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.

"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."

"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."

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