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Insects form the major component of the world's biodiversity. By their vast numbers they are vital determinants of terrestrial ecological processes. This volume covers a wide range of topics from single species to landscape conservation, and from rare butterflies to the benefits and risks of biocontrol agents.
Part 1 Setting the scene: insect variety and significance; past and present events leading to insect conservation concern; emergence of insect conservation biology. Part 2 Levels of analysis: scaling and large scale issues; the fragmented landscape; the disturbed landscape; individual insect species and their conservation. Part 3 Entomologists' dilemmas: insect pest control and insect conservation; insect conservation ethics. Part 4 Positive action: insects, the landscape and evaluation; stopping the loss of individuals, population species and landscapes.
"Insect Conservation Biology is successful as a broad introductory text, clearly written, informative, and enjoyable [...] this well-illustrated book makes many intriguing comparisons among insect communities around the world."
"[...] this book helps to identify the most urgent uses to which time and money should be devoted [...] a great deal of work [...] has gone into producing it [...] the author's commitment of the cause makes this much more than a dry academic treatise."
- Insect Conservation News
"The realms of conservationist and entomologist are brought together in this ground breaking book."
- Ethology, Ecology and Evolution
"His text provides the most comprehensive assemblage of relevant information so far available."
- Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
"A ground-breaking work, covering a wide range of topics, from single sp. to landscape conservation."
"[...] this book helps to identify the most urgent issues to which time and money should be devoted."
- Invertebrate Conservation News
"[...] what we really need are books that tell us something about the state of the world for particular groups of organisms and where the real gaps lie in our knowledge. From this perspective, Insect Conservation Biology is refreshingly different [...] it will become a standard textbook for some years to come, and I thoroughly recommend its acquisition."
- Journal of Natural History
"This latest installment in Chapman and Hall's conservation biology series has done an admirable job of marrying disparate fields."
- Conservation Biology
"This book provides a clearly written, thoughtful, comprehensive and well illustrated introductory text for all concerned with insect ecology and conservation."
- Bulletin of Entomological Research
"It will prove an invaluable primer and reference for both beginning and experienced students of conservation biology."
- Global Biodiversity
"This fine book is filled with diverse but focused information on the most speciose group in the world."
"An interesting volume [...] a powerful and exciting read [...] The author has extensive research experience [...]"
- The Ohio Lepidopterist