Arthropod Collection and Identification: Laboratory and Field Techniques

Academic Press
Free sample

Arthropods are the most numerous and diverse group of animals and studying them requires the use of specialized equipment and specific procedures. This text describes effective methods and equipment for collecting, identifying, rearing, examining, and preserving insects and mites, and explains how to store and care for specimens in collections. It also provides instructions for the construction of many kinds of collecting equipment, traps, rearing cages, and storage units, as well as updated and illustrated keys for identification of the classes of arthropods and the orders of insects. Such information not only aids hobbyists and professionals in preparing insect collections, but it has become essential in documenting and standardizing collections of entomological evidence in forensic as well as pest management sciences.

* Over 400 professionally drawn illustrations
* Identification keys to find arthropod orders
* Comprehensive reading list
* Detailed glossary of terms
Read more

About the author

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.

Read more
2 total

Additional Information

Academic Press
Read more
Published on
Jul 26, 2010
Read more
Read more
Read more
Read more
Best For
Read more
Read more
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
Nature / Animals / Insects & Spiders
Science / Life Sciences / Anatomy & Physiology
Science / Life Sciences / General
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / General
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
Insects as a group occupy a middle ground in the biosphere between bac teria and viruses at one extreme, amphibians and mammals at the other. The size and general nature of insects present special problems to the student of entomology. For example, many commercially available in struments are geared to measure in grams, while the forces commonly en countered in studying insects are in the milligram range. Therefore, tech niques developed in the study of insects or in those fields concerned with the control of insect pests are often unique. Methods for measuring things are common to all sciences. Advances sometimes depend more on how something was done than on what was measured; indeed a given field often progresses from one technique to another as new methods are discovered, developed, and modified. Just as often, some of these techniques find their way into the classroom when the problems involved have been sufficiently ironed out to permit students to master the manipulations in a few laboratory periods. Many specialized techniques are confined to one specific research labo ratory. Although methods may be considered commonplace where they are used, in another context even the simplest procedures may save con siderable time. It is the purpose of this series (1) to report new develop ments in methodology, (2) to reveal sources of groups who have dealt with and solved particular entomological problems, and (3) to describe ex periments which might be applicable for use in biology laboratory courses.
Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration, others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal? To compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge.

In The Sting of the Wild, the colorful Dr. Schmidt takes us on a journey inside the lives of stinging insects, seeing the world through their eyes as well as his own. He explains how and why they attack and reveals the powerful punch they can deliver with a small venom gland and a "sting," the name for the apparatus that delivers the venom. We learn which insects are the worst to encounter and why some are barely worth considering.

The Sting of the Wild includes the complete Schmidt Sting Pain Index, published here for the first time. In addition to a numerical ranking of the agony of each of the eighty-three stings he’s sampled so far (from below 1 to an excruciatingly painful 4), Schmidt describes them in prose worthy of a professional wine critic: "Looks deceive. Rich and full-bodied in appearance, but flavorless" and "Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel."

Schmidt explains that, for some insects, stinging is used for hunting: small wasps, for example, can paralyze huge caterpillars and then lay their eggs inside so that their larvae can feast within. Others are used to kill competing insects, even members of their own species. Humans usually experience stings as defensive maneuvers used by insects to protect their nest mates.

With colorful descriptions of each venom’s sensation and a story that leaves you tingling with awe, The Sting of the Wild’s one-of-a-kind style will fire your imagination.

100 Jahre zoologischer Forschung – dokumentiert im HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE, das damit einen enormen Reichtum an gesammeltem Wissen bietet.

Verlinkungs- und Suchfunktionen auf Basis taxonomischer und thematischer Kategorien, sowie nach beliebigen Stichwörtern Online Vorabveröffentlichung von neuen Beiträgen Internationales Team von Herausgebern und Autoren Keine Einschränkungen bei der digitalen Rechteverwaltung – unbegrenzte Anzahl gleichzeitiger Nutzer an jeder Universität / Institution

Das HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE umschließt das gesamte Tierreich – Wirbeltiere und Wirbellose. Es bietet einen umfassenden und zugleich detaillierten Überblick zur Systematik und Morphologie der Tiere und beinhaltet ausführliche Erläuterungen weiterer Aspekte, wie der Physiologie, des Verhaltens, der Ökologie und der angewandten Zoologie. Auch wenn das Wissen über viele taxonomische Gruppen in den letzten Jahrzehnten enorm gewachsen ist, besteht das ehrgeizige Ziel des HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE weiterhin darin, mit Texten und wissenschaftlichen Verweisen eine umfassende, solide Basis für die weiterführende Forschung zu bieten. Die neuen Beiträge zu der Reihe sind das Ergebnis der gemeinsamen Arbeit des internationalen Herausgeber- und Autorenteams. Dieses Team strebt eine ausgeglichene Betrachtung der Artenvielfalt und Diversität, der Bedeutung bestimmter Gruppen im phylogenetischen Kontext, des historischen und aktuellen Kenntnisstands und der entsprechenden Quellen an. Alle Beiträge werden auf Englisch veröffentlicht und sind auf die internationale wissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft ausgerichtet.

Demnächst NEU: Annelida (Band 1), Mammalia und Miscellaneous Invertebrates , mit Erkenntnissen aus laufenden Forschungsprojekten. Geplant: Bryozoa, Nannomecoptera und Neomecoptera, Nemertea, Strepsiptera, weitere Bände in der Annelida-Reihe und Bearbeitung der Bände zu Reptilia.


Vor einem Jahrhundert wurde durch Professor Willi Kükenthal in Berlin das Projekt um das ‚HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE‘ ins Leben gerufen. In diesem, heute renommierten Nachschlagewerk, wird die Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches von den Einzellern bis zu den Säugetieren in acht Bänden mit thematischem Schwerpunkt behandelt:

Band I Protozoa, Porifera, Colenteratea, Mesozoa (1925) Band II Vermes (1933/34); Band III Arthropoda ex. Insecta (1927/1932) Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta; Band V Solenogastres, Mollusca, Echinoderma (1925) Band VI Pisces / Amphibia (1930) Band VII Reptilia / Aves (1931) Band VIII Mammalia.

Die Bände IV Arthopoda: Insecta und VII Mammalia werden bis dato kontinuierlich in neuer Zählung durch neuste Forschungsergebnisse und in englischer Sprache erweitert.

In den letzten Jahrzehnten folgen die wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse immer rascher aufeinander. Um seiner Stellung als Standardwerk gerecht zu bleiben und auch den heutigen Nutzeranforderungen zu folgen, wurde das HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE in 2010 neu strukturiert und alle Bände neben den gedruckten Werken auch als E-Book verlegt. Die ursprünglichen acht Bände wurden zugunsten kleinerer, flexibler Einheiten, welche dem heutigen Stand der Phylogenie besser entsprechen, aufgelöst.

Das HANDBUCH DER ZOOLOGIE wird außerdem als das vorliegende Online Nachschlagewerk HANDBOOK OF ZOOLOGY ONLINE angeboten. Der ursprüngliche Inhalt des Handbuchs (ca. 28.000 Seiten) wurde nach taxonomischen statt bibliographischen Kategorien neu geordnet und bildet die historische Grundlage des HANDBOOK OF ZOOLOGY ONLINE. Aufgrund der verlinkten Verweise und der kurzen Publikationszeiten durch die Ahead-of-Print Veröffentlichung, ist das HANDBOOK OF ZOOLOGY ONLINE sowohl für Nutzer als auch für Autoren äußerst attraktiv. Es bietet eine unkomplizierte Suchfunktion nach taxonomischen und thematischen Kategorien und beliebigen Stichwörtern. Die Datenbank kann schnell aktualisiert und erweitert werden, sodass das HANDBOOK OF ZOOLOGY ONLINEstets auf dem neuesten Stand der Phylogenetik bleibt und sich dynamisch weiterentwickelt.

Contemporary Insect Diagnostics aids entomologists as they negotiate the expectations and potential dangers of the practice. It provides the reader with methods for networking with regulatory agencies, expert laboratories, first detectors, survey specialists, legal and health professionals, landscape managers, crop scouts, farmers and the lay public. This enables the practitioner and advanced student to understand and work within this network, critically important in a time when each submission takes on its own specific set of expectations and potential ramifications.

Insect diagnosticians must be knowledgeable on pests that affect human health, stored foods, agriculture, structures, as well as human comfort and the enjoyment of life. The identification and protection of the environment and the non-target animals (especially beneficial insects) in that environment is also considered a part of insect diagnostics. Additionally, Integrated Pest Management recommendations must include any of a variety of management tactics if they are to be effective and sustainable.

This greatly needed foundational information covers the current principles of applied insect diagnostics. It serves as a quick study for those who are called upon to provide diagnostics, as well as a helpful reference for those already in the trenches.

Includes useful case studies to teach specific points in insect diagnosticsProvides problem-solving guidance and recommendations for insect identification, threat potential, and management tactics, while accounting for the varying needs of the affected population or clientContains numerous color photos that enhance both applicability and visual appeal, together with accompanying write-ups of the common pests
©2019 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google|Location: United StatesLanguage: English (United States)
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.