Insects are the most common and widespread organisms in Earth, where they colonize the most diverse habitats and are part of our everyday life. Insects are important organisms in nature as they constitute an important source of nutrients in the diet of a number of invertebrates and vertebrates, having a direct impact on many food chains. Their contributions to natural environments are recognized as they are important in recycling nutrients and maintaining the reproduction in several plants due to their role as pollinators. Insects are also recognized by their beneficial and prejudicial interactions with humans. The beneficial interactions involve the direct or indirect exploitation of insects as a source of food or secondary products, for example, while the prejudicial interactions involve the damage they cause to our cultivated plants and to the diseases they vector to humans, plants and animals.
The book series Entomology in Focus is intended to accelerate our understanding on the diversity of insects and on their mode of life and ecology in a ways to provide a broad understand on how these organisms can affect our lives and how we can diminish their noxious effects and exploit the benefits they provide to nature and humans. Therefore, books in this series are expected to provide a comprehensive synthesis of basic and/or applied topics in the field of Entomology.