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Entomology Textbooks

Summary: College-level entomology textbooks.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

Entomology is 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.

American Insects, 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.

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