With unerring detail and breadth, Insect Ecology has described for generations of professionals the interactions and dynamics of the world′s richest group of species the insects whose wildly various 8 million forms have been the source of endless fascination and study. From caterpillars to the goliath beetle, from the adult copper butterfly to the agromyzid fly, the insect universe is at once ordinary and exotic, capturing, in microcosm, nature′s complexity and beauty.
Hailed internationally as the most authoritative reference of its kind, Insect Ecology brought systematic organization, involving both breadth and detail of the subject. Moving logically from the dynamics of plant–insect interactions, predation, parasites and hosts, as well as mutualistic relationships, including pollination ecology, the book first examines the themes central to understanding the role of insects in our environment. It describes various levels of insect interaction, such as trophic relationships (Part II), populations (Part III), and communities (Part IV), while unfolding the infinite variety of insect species and their visible legacy in the fossil record. This revised edition includes timely discussion on the nature of ecological theory and how it is advanced, the evolutionary perspectives on population dynamics, the existence and study of vacant ecological niches, latitudinal gradients in species richness, and conservation of biodiversity.
A practical and well–formatted resource, the latest edition includes a bibliography of 2,000 references to up–to–date and classic literature. Copiously illustrated with over 350 figures, many new to this edition, Insect Ecology is also a superb visual reference, detailing the immense variety of insects as pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that are an essential part of nature′s grand scheme.
Rich with fascinating details ("[Insect] galls provide tanning acids and the basis for inks." "Lice [were] called ′pearls of God′ and were a mark of saintliness."), Insect Ecology brilliantly describes the longstanding influence of insects on our artistic, literary, and spiritual lives as well as their continuing role as critical components of communities, landscapes, and ecosystems.
Importance of Insect Ecology.
Major Components and Processes in Ecosystems.
Development of Theory in Insect Ecology.
Plant and Insect Herbivore Relationships.
Interactions Between Prey and Predator.
Parasite and Prey Population Dynamics.
Life Histories and Reproductive Strategies.
Population Dynamics: Synthesis.
COMMUNITIES AND DISTRIBUTIONS.
Intraspecific and Interspecific Competition.
Diversity and Stability.