THE INSECTS: Structure and Function
by R. F. Chapman
Stephen J. Simpson and Angeles E. Douglas, editors
2012. 929 pages, ~600 illustrations. The Insects has been a standard textbook in the field since the first edition was published over forty years ago. Building on the strengths of Chapman’s original text, the 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 behavior. Combined with nearly 600 clear illustrations, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of how insects work.
The book also features a richly illustrated prologue by George McGavin, It is an essential text for students, researchers and applied entomologists alike. Paperback; 7 x 10″.
About the Author and Editors
R. F. Chapman (19302003) was an eminent insect physiologist and Professor in the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. His first four editions of The Insects have formed a standard text in the field for more than forty years.
Stephen J. Simpson is ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. His core research aims are to understand swarming in locusts and to devise a new framework for studying nutrition. In 2012 he was awarded the Wigglesworth Medal from the Royal Entomological Society of London.
Angela E. Douglas is a Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology at Cornell University, New York. Her research and teaching is motivated by the mechanisms underlying insect function. Her core research interests are the overlapping topics of insect nutrition and interactions between insects and beneficial microorganisms. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America.
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