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Insects, Spiders, and Other Terrestrial Arthropods
Synopses & Reviews
Smithsonian Handbooks are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Featuring more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs, along with detailed annotations, Smithsonian Handbooks make identification easy and accurate.
Book News Annotation:
This small and beautiful pictorial encyclopedia of 550 little creatures—29 orders of insects and a selection of spiders and other terrestrial arthropods—highlights each family's chief characteristics, including memorable physical traits, life cycle, habitat, and larval stages. An introduction explains what an insect is and provides a practical photographic identification key to the main insect groups, which in turn guides users to the correct insect. Pages are laid out like a word-processing screen in which order, family, size, number of species, and feeding habits always appear in color-coded, easy-to-locate top and bottom margins. McGavin is a lecturer in zoology at Oxford.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
George C. McGavin, PhD., is a lecturer in Zoology at Oxford University and Assistant Curator of the Hope Entomological Collections at the Oxford University Museum. He has contributed many pieces to scientific journals, lectured widely, and has contributed extensively to the Oxford History of Natural History and The Encyclopedia of Insects. He specializes in the study of hemiptera, the interaction of insects and their host plants, and the insect faunas of tropical caves and forests. He is currently involved in the Mkomazi Ecological Research Program in northern Tanzania, which seeks to explian patterns of species distribution and diversity in order to devise and foster conservation management planning for the area. Louis N. Sorkin is an arachnologist and board-certified entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History.
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