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Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs (Helix Book)by May R. Berenbaum
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The vast majority of people consider it a high priority to minimize the extent of their interaction with the insect world. Homes are sealed, sprayed, and kept meticulously clean so as to reduce the probability that they will be invaded by insects; similarly, bodies are bathed, hair is shampooed, and clothing regularly washed in order to eliminate any unwanted contact with six-legged life forms. In the overwhelmingly vast majority of daily conversations, insects are conspicuous in their absence; those rare conversations in which insects feature prominently are generally carried out in guarded tones, often with a touch of embarrassment.
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An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.
About the Author
May Berenbaum is professor of entomology at the University of Illinois. Shes the author of 99 Gnats, Nits and Nibblers and More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers.
Table of Contents
Classification and nomenclature ("a rose-chafer by any other name...") — Physiology — Behavior — Social lives — Vegetarian lifestyles — Eating insects — Parasites and hosts — Odd appetites and out-of-the-way places — Insects and people — Appreciating insects — Equal time (the insect perspective).
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