Identifies the key features of insect anatomy, physiology, behaviour, ecology, phylogeny and evolution. The book is organized around major biological themes - the ecology and behaviour of living on the ground, in water, on plants, in colonies, and as predators, parasites and prey; a strong evolutionary theme is maintained throughout. The economic importance of insects is considered in chapters on medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management. A systematic synopsis of each insect order is given in the appropriate chapter, summarized in the end pages. The new third edition includes new chapters on the methods and results of studies of insect phylogeny and a new review of insect evolution and biogeography.
Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston are both professors at the Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, USA.