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Insect Potpourri

Adventures in Entomology, 1st Edition

By Adams

CRC Press

352 pages

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Hardback: 9781877743092
pub: 1992-01-01
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This book gives a popularized account of entomology and working in entomology in the USA. The 7 chapters by various authors cover: useful insects such as bees, insects that help control pests, insects as medicine and as food; insects and public health, including mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and their control, an account of the work of medical entomologists in the armed forces of the USA, memories of working on the development of early insect repellents, on control of screwworm and the role of dipteran larvae in forensic entomology; forest pests and their control, in particular the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar); domestic insects and their control, work on termites [Isoptera] and other pests of timber, an account of the problems of imported fireants (Solenopsis spp.) and Africanized honey bees, and cockroaches in an urban environment; agricultural pests including the development stages of control chemicals, a discussion on the public and scientific attitudes to insecticides and their alternatives, a description of bollworms, the boll weevil (Anthronomus grandis) and pests of fruits and corn [maize], a history of insecticides, insects as plant pathogen vectors and the role of biotechnology in insect control. The final chapter contains 'unusual facts' about insects and other arthropods. The text is interspersed with cartoons by Gary Larson and the appendices provide information on the American registry of Professional Entomologists of the Entomological Society of America, on the Society itself and on the American Mosquito Control Association.


"R.A. Morse's essay on Africanised Honey Bees is brilliantly lucid, casting a clear light on what is a subject all too often obscured by the muddy inaccuracies of sensationalism. Another excellent contribution is O. Sosa Jr.'s essay on C.J. Finlay and the discovery of the relationship between Yellow Fever and Mosquitos."

-Gordon's Entomological Home Page

Table of Contents

Insects as Friends

To Bee or Not to Bee Social

Hobby and Commercial Beekeeping in the United States

Bees and Pollination

Insects in White Hats-The Good Guys of Agriculture

Ladybird Beetles

The Monarch Butterfly-Our National Insect

The Honey Bee Deserves to be Our National Insect

Take Two Cicadas and Call Me in the Morning

Insects-An Overlooked Food Resources

Insects Affecting Public Health of Man and Animals

Carlos J. Finlay and Yellow Fever: A Discovery

Malaria Control and Eradication in the United States

100 Years of Entomology in the Department of Defense

Malaria and Mosquitoes in a Mexican Town

Mosquito Control-Its Impact on the Growth and Development of Florida

In Pursuit of a Better Repellent

Resolving the Screwworm Problem

Forensic Entomology

Insects as Enemies of Our Trees and Forests

The Gypsy Moth in Its Centennial Year as a Pest

Forest Entomology

Insect Pathology in Canada

Insects Around the House

War and Peace in Wardrobe and Pantry

Urban Entomology-The Sound of One Hand Clapping?

Insects and Pest Control

Termite and Beetle Research at the Wood Products Insect Research Unit at Gulfport, Mississippi

Imported Fire Ants


Africanized Honey Bees in North America

Controlling Insects of Agricultural Crops

The Development of Insect Pest Management Chemicals

On the Outside Looking In on Entomology, Well, Almost-

Policing Pesky Pests on Potatoes, Peas, and Peppers


The Boll Weevil-Lookin' for a Home

Insect Pests of Deciduous Fruits in the Mid-Atlantic States

Interregional Research in Resolving Some Insect Pest Problems of the Corn Belt

An Abbreviated History of Insecticide Toxicology

Insects as Vectors of Plant Pathogens

Insect Behavior and Naturally Occurring Chemicals

Biotechnology Developments in Entomology

Protecting Our Environment and the Challenge of Entomology as a Career

Protecting the Environment

When the Rocks Beckoned-Biocontrol Revisited

Microbial Control of the Japanese Beetle

Training an Entomologist

Commercial Entomology for Fun and Profit

City Toads and Country Bugs

Unusual Facts About Insects and Other Arthropods

Ancient and Modern Illustrations in Entomology

Insects on Stamps

Bible References to Insects and Other Arthropods

Are the Pyramids Deified Dung Pats?

Arthropods on the Screen

Stranger Than Fiction

Entomophobia: The Case for Miss Muffet

Adult Amateur Experiences in Entomology: Breaking the Stereotypes

Mites or Acari

Appendix I: American Registry of Professional Entomologists of the Entomological Society of America

Appendix II: Purposes

Appendix III: The Entomological Society of America

Appendix IV: American Mosquito Control Association


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General