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Handbook of Agricultural Entomology by Helmut van Emden is a landmark publication for students and practitioners of entomology applied to agriculture and horticulture. It can be used as a reference and as a general textbook. The book opens with a general introduction to entomology and includes coverage of the major insects (and mites) that cause harm to crops, livestock and humans. The important beneficial species are also included. Organisms are described in a classification of insect Orders and Families. The emphasis is on morphological characters of major taxonomic divisions, "spot characters" for the recognition of Families, and the life histories, damage symptoms and economic importance of the various pest species.
The book is beautifully illustrated in full colour with more than 400 figures showing both the organisms and the damage caused to plants with diagnostic characters indicated by arrows. Coverage is world-wide and includes much material stemming from the vast personal experience of the author.
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1 The world of insects
2 External features of insects – structure and function
3 The major divisions of the Insecta
4 Subclass Apterygota
5 Subclass Pterygota, Division Exopterygota, Palaeopteran Orders
6 Subclass Pterygota, Division Exopterygota, Orthopteroid Orders
7 Subclass Pterygota, Division Exopterygota, Hemipteroid Orders
8 Subclass Pterygota, Division Endopterygota, Lesser Orders
9 Subclass Pterygota, Division Endopterygota, Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
10 Subclass Pterygota, Division Endopterygota, Order Diptera (true flies)
11 Subclass Pterygota, Division Endopterygota, Order Hymenoptera (sawflies, ants, bees and wasps)
12 Subclass Pterygota, Division Endopterygota, Order Coleoptera (beetles)
13 Class Arachnida
Helmut van Emden is an internationally respected entomologist who in the UK has been President of both the Royal Entomological Society and the Association of Applied Biologists. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Reading, UK, where for 35 years he has taught entomology at Masters level to international students of Crop Protection. He has taught and carried out research on applied entomology in six continents.