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The Insects has been the standard textbook in the field since the first edition published over forty years ago. Building on the strengths of Chapman's original text, this long-awaited 5th edition has been revised and expanded by a team of eminent insect physiologists, bringing it fully up-to-date for the molecular era. The chapters retain the successful structure of the earlier editions, focusing on particular functional systems rather than taxonomic groups and making it easy for students to delve into topics without extensive knowledge of taxonomy. The focus is on form and function, bringing together basic anatomy and physiology and examining how these relate to behaviour. This, combined with nearly 600 clear illustrations, provides a comprehensive understanding of how insects work. Now also featuring a richly illustrated prologue by George McGavin, this is an essential text for students, researchers and applied entomologists alike.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
The Head, Ingestion, Utilization and Distribution of Food:
Mouthparts and feeding
Alimentary canal, digestion and absorption
Circulatory system, blood and the immune system
The Thorax and Locomotion:
Legs and locomotion
Wings and flight
The Abdomen, Reproduction and Development:
Reproductive system: male
Reproductive system: female
The egg and embryology
The Integument, Gas Exchange and Homeostasis:
Excretion and salt and water regulation
Physiological Co-ordination within the Insect:
Endocrine system Stuart
Perception of the Environment:
Communication with other Organisms:
Visual signals: colour and light production
Mechanical communication: producing sound and substrate vibrations
Chemical communication: pheromones and chemicals with interspecific significance
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