Bugs Rule! provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.
Ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, Bugs Rule! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures.
- Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject
- Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders
- Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans
- Features more than 830 color photos
- Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society
- An online illustration package is available to professors
Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton). Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes.
"This is an interesting, well-written introduction to entomology, providing a broad overview of the biology and natural history of insects and related arhropods. Cranshaw and Redak emphasize life histories, select adaptations, ecological importance, and aspects of economic and public health concern. More than 800 full-color photographs and a variety of black-and-white line drawings accompany the text. . . . Having developed out of a specific need to create an entomology text for nonscience majors, this book is readily accessible to a wide range of readers and will appeal to anyone interested in learning about insects and their kin. . . . Nonscience majors or readers unfamiliar with insect biology will appreciate this discussion of the fascinating diversity of insect life."--Choice
"I can't praise this book enough. Bugs Rule! is . . . worth every cent for the wealth of information and fascinating reading that it provides."--Marlene A. Condon, Roanoke Star Online
"This book should enable students to identify insects they encounter and it will undoubtedly remove much of the stigma that insects suffer. It cannot help but change students' attitudes that bugs are uninteresting or scary. The volume, supplemented by lectures, will likely become a popular entomology textbook for nonscience majors."--Albert D. Carlson, Quarterly Review of Biology
"Breadth classes dealing with insects have been extremely popular among science and nonscience majors for decades. The photographs, illustrations, little known facts, and sidebars in Bugs Rule! bring to life the fascinating world of insects. Bugs Rule! is an excellent text for the nonscience major and general nature enthusiast."--Michael K. Rust, University of California, Riverside
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