American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico, Second Edition

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CRC Press, Jul 28, 2000 - Science - 1024 pages
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Offering a complete accounting of the insects of North America, this handbook is an up-dated edition of the first handbook ever compiled in the history of American entomology.
By using American Insects, A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico, Second Edition, readers can quickly determine the taxonomic position of any species, genus, or higher taxon of insect known to occur in America and Canada. Every order, family, and genus is conveniently numbered and indexed, making this volume the only complete single source for all of the names of orders, families, and genera currently available.

This book fills the need for an accurate way to identify, with the several hundred drawings and photos, the common insects of all orders. Now there is a tool available to those working without a major collection and library; and those who would like to have a general knowledge of insect life without becoming overwhelmed by the vast number of minute insect species.

This usable guide provides sizes, shapes, color patterns and salient features of some species of each major family by pointing out those groups most likely to be encountered, including all North America pests.

What's New in this Edition?
  • Researchers in many orders use the results of cladistics, a new tool for determining the relationship of orders, families, genera, and species of organisms, including plants as well as animals
  • Specialists have provided lengthy lists of generic changes
  • Many of the identification keys have been revised by adding more illustrations and making sure all description terms are in the Glossary
  • The bibliographies of each Order section have been updated to include all important works that have appeared since the original edition
  

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Contents

Foreword v
3
Insect Classification and Systematics
11
Identification Features
23
Insect Ecology Behavior and Distribution
29
Insect Collecting
37
The Orders of Insects
63
The Insect Fauna of America North of Mexico
77
Collembola Springtails and Allies
81
Isoptera Termites
201
Zoraptera Angel Insects
209
Psocoptera Barklice and Booklice
213
Mallophaga Biting Lice
229
Anoplura Sucking Lice
235
Hemiptera True Bugs
241
Homoptera Cicadas Hoppers Whiteflies Aphids and Scale Insects
287
Thysanoptera Thrips
331

Protura Proturans
89
Diplura Diplurans
91
Archaeognatha Bristletails
97
Zygentomaa Silverfish and Allies
99
Ephemeroptera Mayflies
109
Odonata Dragonflies and Damselflies
119
Plecoptera Stoneflies
135
Embioptera Webspinners
147
Phasmatodea Walkingsticks
149
Orthoptera Grasshoppers Katydids and Crickets
153
Grylloblatodea Rock Crawlers
181
Dermaptera Earwigs
185
Dictyoptera Mantids and Cockroaches
189
Neuroptera Dobsonflies Lacewings Antlions and Allies
341
Coleoptera Beetles and Weevils
357
Hymenoptera Wasps Ants and Bees
531
Trichoptera Caddisflies
615
Lepidoptera Moths Skippers and Butterflies 631
653
Mecoptera Scorpionflies and Allies
831
Diptera Flies and Keds
835
Strepsiptera Stylopids
921
Siphonaptera Fleas
925
Glossary
935
Index
947
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About the author (2000)

Arnett is the director of the Center for Cost and Financing Studies at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, Maryland.

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