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Insect Microscopy

Handbook / ManualIdentification Key

By: Andrew Chick(Author)

128 pages, 140 colour photos

Crowood Press

1 customer review
Paperback | Aug 2016 | #228962 | ISBN-13: 9781785002014
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€19 approx

About this book

Insects, and their close relatives, the arachnids, centipedes, millipedes and woodlice, make ideal material for study by the recreational microscopist. Moreover for the entomologist, the addition of the use of the microscope to their tool kit adds a whole new dimension to their study, revealing in finest detail the appearance and structure of these tiny creatures. Insect Microscopy reveals the basics of insect microscopy, explaining what equipment is needed and how to get the best out of it. Topics covered include insects and their relatives; trapping insects for study; dissection, slide mounting, and publishing your work.


1. The Insects and Their Relatives   5
2. Microscopes   15
3. Equipment   27
4. Media for Mounting   43
5. Preparing Insects   51
6. Dissection   63
7. Compounds, Chemicals and Potions   67
8. Slide Mounting   77
9. Publishing Your Work   109
10. Further Information   116

References   124
Appendix – A Simple Identification Key   126
Index   128

Reviews (1)

easy reading
By chris 29 Sep 2016 Written for Paperback

A good, well constructed, helpful book for all levels of understanding, creating interest to go further on the subject.

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Author Andrew Chick has been fascinated by the insect world since childhood. He holds a BSc in Environmental Biology, and MSc in Forensic Science and is currently working towards a PhD in Forensic Entomology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and enjoys field work and species identification.

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