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Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity

Fourth Edition

Author James B. Whitfield and Alexander Purcell III

Publication Date - February 2021

ISBN: 9780190853167

784 pages
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $179.99

Daly and Doyen's provides both thorough coverage of biological principles and insect identification keys


Written for students who have completed an introductory course in biology, the fourth edition of Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity presents the ideal balance of basic biological principles and in-depth treatment of insect classification, including keys for identifying more than four hundred families. In this fourth edition, James B. Whitfield, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, continues as lead author, bringing a wealth of expertise on molecular analysis relating to development and systematics.

New to this Edition

  • Special interest boxes have been updated and cover recent developments in insect genomics, citizen science, evolution of insect flight, and the use of insect biomechanical features as inspiration for engineering design
  • Includes internet search terms to help students conduct productive web searches
  • Five taxonomic chapters have been extensively revised by experts in the respective groups: Chapter 18--Noninsect Hexapoda, Chapter 32--Psocoptera, Chapter 33--Phthiraptera, Chapter 34--Hemiptera, Chapter 35--Thysanoptera
  • Includes over 140 new current references (from 2012 to the present)
  • Upgraded illustration program includes more than 30 new and revised figures
  • New color photos in the insert and on the ARC illustrate the evolution of developmental patterns in insects and new technologies in comparative insect morphology

About the Author(s)

James B. Whitfield is Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Alexander Purcell III is Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Daly and Doyen's includes almost everything students need to know: insect structure and function, insect ecology and pest management, and insect taxonomy with identification keys. I have most of general entomology books currently available, but this is the best book in the market by far."--Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University

"This book provides students with a solid foundation on the physiology, development, and importance of insects to humans and other animals. The inclusion of identification keys in the book is critical for students to appreciate the diversity of insects allowing them to identify independently."--Alicia Bray, Central Connecticut State University

"This is a great book for students taking introductory entomology courses--and it doubles as a lab manual! It includes a lot of in-depth information on basic principles of entomology, including insect biology, ecology, behavior, and pest management."--Punya Nachappa, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Table of Contents



    1. Introduction
    2. The Insect Body
    3. The Integument
    4. Continuity of the Generations: Development and Reproduction
    5. Maintenance and Movement
    6. Reception of Stimuli and Integration of Activities
    7. Social Relationships


    8. Diversity and Adaptations of Insects in Selected Habitats
    9. Insects and Vascular Plants
    10. Entomophagous Insects
    11. Insects and Microbes
    12. Medical and Veterinary Entomology
    13. Pest Management
    14. Insects and Conservation


    15. The Study of Classification
    16. An Evolutionary Perspective of the Insects
    17. Keys to the Orders of Hexapoda
    18. The Non-insect Hexapoda: Protura, Collembola and Diplura
    19. The Apterygote Insects: Archaeognatha and Thysanura
    20. Order Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)
    21. Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
    22. Order Blattodea (Including former "Isoptera") - Cockroaches And Termites
    23. Order Mantodea (Mantids)
    24. Order Grylloblattodea (Grylloblattids)
    25. Mantophasmatodea (Heelwalkers or Gladiators)
    26. Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
    27. Order Plecoptera (Stoneflies)
    28. Order Embiidina (Embioptera, Web Spinners, Embiids)
    29. Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, etc.)
    30. Order Phasmatodea (Stick Insects)
    31. Order Zoraptera (Zorapterans)
    32. Order Psocoptera (Psocids, Bark Lice, and Book Lice)
    33. Order Phthiraptera (Lice)
    34. Order Hemiptera (Bugs, Leafhoppers, etc.)
    35. Thysanoptera (Thrips)
    36. Order Megaloptera (Alderflies and Dobsonflies)
    37. Order Raphidioptera (Snakeflies)
    38. Order Neuroptera (Lacewings, Antlions, etc.)
    39. Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
    40. Order Strepsiptera (Twisted Wing Parasites
    41. Order Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants, etc.)
    42. Order Mecoptera (Scorpionflies)
    43. Diptera (Flies)
    44. Order Siphonaptera (Fleas)
    45. Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
    46. Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
    47. Collecting and Preservation

    References Cited
    Taxonomic Index
    Subject Index

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