the study of insects and related arthopods (the term
arthropod means "jointed foot" or "jointed
leg"). Insects, spiders, ticks, mites, scorpions and
other similar creatures constitute the arthropods.
Insects are by far the most numerous and diverse
arthropods on earth.
An Introduction to
the Study of Insects, by Borror & DeLong
(right) is the standard textbook of North American
entomology. As with American Insects (see below)
much of the information is intended for serious
amateur or professional entomologists. This book is
widely used in graduate-level entomology courses and
includes chapters on insect biology, systematics,
and descriptions of Orders and Families with keys.
by Ross Arnett, (right) is becoming one of the
bibles of North American entomology. Much of the
information is intended for serious amateur or
professional entomologists. Geared more toward
systematics but includes chapters on ecology,
behavior and collecting.
The Insects :
Structure and Function by R. F. Chapman
(right) is a standard reference work for insect
physiologists and comparative physiologists. This is
a recently (1998) updated edition of a classic text.