Review by Choice Review
To entomologists, covering a group of organisms as large and diverse as insects in a one-volume encyclopedia would seem impossible, but Resh and Carde have produced, with the help of some of the biggest names in entomology today, a truly spectacular book. Although the work focuses on insects, it provides many articles concerning noninsectile arthropods. Each insect order is considered in some detail, including classification, biology, and importance, and although coverage is current, it is not particularly even. For most, but not all (e.g., Diptera, Lepidoptera), a table of the most recent classification is presented, along with a complete list of families. Hemiptera are not discussed as a single order; instead, three suborders are covered in disjunctive articles. Structure and function of internal systems and external morphology are discussed in detail in numerous articles, as are basic physiology, behavior, sensory reception, and locomotion. Major diseases associated with or vectored by insects are considered individually and overviews of pest management strategies are included. Some of the more interesting or unexpected entries include "Insectivorous Vertebrates," "Cultural Entomology," "Folk Beliefs & Superstitions," "Puddling Behavior," and "Insects in Movies." Like any other broad-spectrum book, this one has a few omissions, but these do not detract in any major way. The wealth of information this attractively illustrated book presents will make it a valued reference for any library supporting natural history. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. P. K. Lago University of Mississippi
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Review by Library Journal Review
This incredible book will take you anywhere you wish in the fascinating world of insects. Its 271 articles, each written by a recognized specialist, cover the entire spectrum of entomology (the study of insects). The articles, though arranged alphabetically, represent 12 general subject areas, including anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, major insect groups, and human interactions. The articles themselves cover such diverse topics as acoustic behavior, Africanized bees, biodiversity, gypsy moths, walking sticks, wings, and yellow fever. Each article ends with a short list of related articles, thus leading the reader along an often branching path further into the intricacies of entomology. The information-packed text is clearly and concisely written and well illustrated with both line drawings and color photographs. A glossary that defines 750 specialized terms and an index comprising 7000 entries complete this gargantuan tome, which weighs 7 lbs., 9 oz. Though not scholarly, this book would be of interest to professionals who need to check quickly on a specialty that is not theirs. It is appropriate for academic libraries and would be especially useful in public libraries, giving lay readers information on any aspect of entomology all in one book.-Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.