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Insect Collection and Identification: Laboratory and Field Techniques, Second Edition is the definitive text on all aspects required for collecting and properly preparing specimens for identification. Originally published in its first edition with the title Arthropod Collection and Identification: Laboratory and Field Techniques, this book provides detailed and up-to-date taxonomic keys to insects and related arthropods given recent classification changes to various insect taxa, along with updated preservation materials and techniques for molecular and genomic studies.
This book presents methods of rearing, storing, and shipping specimens, along with a supporting glossary. A new section provides suggestions on how insects and other arthropods can be used within and outside the formal classroom. The growing field of forensic entomology necessitates that law enforcement personnel, coroners, and others involved in crime scene investigations properly collect and prepare insects to preserve the chain of custody requirement in courts of law. A new section in this book examines current accepted procedures when collecting insects at crime scenes.
Insect Collection and Identification is a necessary reference for entomology professionals and researchers who seek the most updated taxonomy and techniques for collection and preservation. This book also serves as a valuable resource for entomology students who need illustrative and detailed information for easy arthropod identification.
Basic Tools and General Techniques
1. Equipment and Collecting Methods
2. Agents for Killing and Preserving
3. Storage of Specimens
Classification of Insects and Mites
5. Synopsis of Insect Orders
6. Description of Hexapod Orders
I: Liquid Preservation Formulas
II: Mounting Small and Soft Bodied Specimens
III: Directory – State Extension Service Directors and Administrators
IV: Submitting Specimens for Identification
Dr Timothy Gibb is currently a Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. He received his Masters in Entomology at Brigham Young University and later his PhD in Entomology at Kansas State University. Since 2013, Dr Gibb has served as the Director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at Purdue University. He is the author of five books on entomology, including the first edition of Arthropod Collection and Identification and Contemporary Insect Diagnostics.
Dr Christian Osteo is currently a Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. He received his Masters in Entomology and later his PhD in Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology from the University of Nebraska. Since 2000, Dr Osteo has taught courses on introductory entomology, laboratory entomology, and insect identification. From 2004 to 2013, he was the Director of the Purdue University Honours Program. In addition to co-authoring the first edition of Arthropod Collection and Identification, Dr Osteo has written and contributed to numerous scientific publications on entomology and insect identification.
This book, with complete coverage of collecting and preserving techniques, is long overdue. - Dr. W. Wyatt Hoback, University of Nebraska at Kearney, U.S.A. "At last there is a book that adequately covers the essentials of Arthropod collecting techniques. I will most certainly make this a required textbook when it becomes available. This book will save instructors time and materials." - Paul Choate, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A. "This text will become one of the standards found on every entomologist's bookshelf. I especially like the explanation of ordinal name derivatives that are given for each order and for many glossary terms." - Steve Mroczkiewicz, Syngenta Crop Protection, Attica, Indiana, U.S.A. Arthropod Collection and Identification is an outstanding resource for serious collectors. Written by premier entomologists, this comprehensive collection and identification book has excellent drawings that clearly illustrate the steps involved in creating your own collection. - Natalie Carroll, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A.