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736 pp.
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Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology

Fourth Edition

James B. Whitfield and Alexander Purcell, III

Written for students who have completed an introductory course in biology, the fourth edition of Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity presents the ideal balance of basic biological principles and in-depth treatment of insect classification, including keys for identifying more than four hundred families. In this fourth edition, James B. Whitfield, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, continues as lead author, bringing a wealth of expertise on molecular analysis relating to development and systematics.

Readership : Biology majors taking a course in entomology.


  • "Daly and Doyen's includes almost everything students need to know: insect structure and function, insect ecology and pest management, and insect taxonomy with identification keys. I have most of general entomology books currently available, but this is the best book in the market by far."
    --Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University

  • "This book provides students with a solid foundation on the physiology, development, and importance of insects to humans and other animals. The inclusion of identification keys in the book is critical for students to appreciate the diversity of insects allowing them to identify independently."
    --Alicia Bray, Central Connecticut State University

  • "This is a great book for students taking introductory entomology courses--and it doubles as a lab manual! It includes a lot of in-depth information on basic principles of entomology, including insect biology, ecology, behavior, and pest management."
    --Punya Nachappa, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

1. Introduction
2. The Insect Body
3. The Integument
4. Continuity of the Generations: Development and Reproduction
5. Maintenance and Movement
6. Reception of Stimuli and Integration of Activities
7. Social Relationships
8. Diversity and Adaptations of Insects in Selected Habitats
9. Insects and Vascular Plants
10. Entomophagous Insects
11. Insects and Microbes
12. Medical and Veterinary Entomology
13. Pest Management
14. Insects and Conservation
15. The Study of Classification
16. An Evolutionary Perspective of the Insects
17. Keys to the Orders of Hexapoda
18. The Non-insect Hexapoda: Protura, Collembola and Diplura
19. The Apterygote Insects: Archaeognatha and Thysanura
20. Order Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)
21. Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
22. Order Blattodea (Including former "Isoptera") - Cockroaches And Termites
23. Order Mantodea (Mantids)
24. Order Grylloblattodea (Grylloblattids)
25. Mantophasmatodea (Heelwalkers or Gladiators)
26. Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
27. Order Plecoptera (Stoneflies)
28. Order Embiidina (Embioptera, Web Spinners, Embiids)
29. Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, etc.)
30. Order Phasmatodea (Stick Insects)
31. Order Zoraptera (Zorapterans)
32. Order Psocoptera (Psocids, Bark Lice, and Book Lice)
33. Order Phthiraptera (Lice)
34. Order Hemiptera (Bugs, Leafhoppers, etc.)
35. Thysanoptera (Thrips)
36. Order Megaloptera (Alderflies and Dobsonflies)
37. Order Raphidioptera (Snakeflies)
38. Order Neuroptera (Lacewings, Antlions, etc.)
39. Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
40. Order Strepsiptera (Twisted Wing Parasites
41. Order Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants, etc.)
42. Order Mecoptera (Scorpionflies)
43. Diptera (Flies)
44. Order Siphonaptera (Fleas)
45. Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
46. Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
47. Collecting and Preservation
References Cited
Taxonomic Index
Subject Index

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James B. Whitfield is Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Alexander Purcell III is Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Insect Behavior - Edited by Alex Cordoba-Aguilar, Daniel Gonzalez-Tokman and Isaac Gonzalez-Santoyo

Special Features
New to this Edition

  • The new lead author of the Fourth Edition, James B. Whitfield, University of Illinois, co-editor-in-chief of The Entomological Society of America journal's Insect Systematics and Diversity (OUP), continues to provide original, cutting-edge research on systematics, evolution, and biodiversity.
  • New color plates will be added to illustrate the evolution of developmental patterns in insects and new technologies in comparative insect morphology.
  • Updates via text boxes on recent developments in insect genomics, citizen science, evolution of insect flight, and the use of insect biomechanical features as inspiration for engineering design.
  • Extensive revision to Chapters 11-14, which deal with Insect Conservation and Management, a hot topic in today's changing climate, and the interaction between Insect and Disease, a topic more relevant than ever to a global world.
  • The web site will include some art from the book and links to Internet sites such as up-to-date biodiversity informatics, genomic resources, phylogenetic results, and current terminology for insect structures.