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Insects of Texas

A Practical Guide

By David H. Kattes

Publication Year: 2009

This practical, non-technical introduction to insect classification offers a well-illustrated, straight-forward primer in entomology. Whether you are part of a master naturalist program, are interested in environmentally friendly pest management, or simply enjoy knowing what to call that strange-looking bug on your back porch, Insects of Texas will be your first resource for insect classification and identification.   This book will help you sort out many of the millions of insect species by learning the readily distinguishable field characteristics needed to identify groups most commonly seen in Texas. David H. Kattes provides short tutorials on morphology and metamorphosis and uses a simple color-coding scheme to present the five classes of arthropods and the orders, suborders, and families of insects most relevant to Texas observers. Photo keys, pronunciation guides, illustrated tables, abundant photographs, and highlighted accounts of physical and biological characteristics help introduce readers to the various tiny creatures that inhabit our world, steering them through arachnids, crustaceans, millipedes, centipedes, and hexapods. Within each account, Kattes comments on habits and other interesting information, reflecting his long experience in teaching and speaking to a variety of receptive audiences.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v

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pp. vii

“What kind of bug is this?” As an entomologist and teacher, I often hear this question. Typically, I respond with a common name like “mud dauber wasp” and, if the questioner seems truly interested, a somewhat more detailed description of the specimen’s physical characteristics and biology...

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pp. 1-16

As humans, we tend to categorize objects and ideas into logical groups. Classification schemes can be based on use, size, color, shape, or a myriad of other methods. In my workshop...

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How to Use This Book

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pp. 17-30

This book was designed to help you identify groups of insects using three criteria: picture identification, common physical traits, and the biology and ecology of the group...

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pp. 31

Arthropoda is the largest and most diverse phylum in the animal kingdom with an estimated 6 million species worldwide. These generally small creatures have a hard exoskeleton made of chitin...

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pp. 32-39

This large group includes the very common and well-known spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, mites, and ticks. Some less common and infrequently observed...

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pp. 40

Crustacea is a large group of about thirty thousand to fifty thousand species worldwide that live primarily in marine environments. However, several species live in fresh water, and a few are...

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pp. 41

Millipedes live under rocks and debris during the day and venture out at night to scavenge on dead plant materials. These slow-moving creatures are easily recognized...

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pp. 42

Centipedes are long, slender, flattened arthropods that are generally found outside under ground litter and other damp places. They possess a distinctive...

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pp. 43-197

Insects are the largest group of living organisms on earth. Estimates range from seven hundred thousand to over 30 million species, most of which have not been described...


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pp. 199-201


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pp. 203-215

E-ISBN-13: 9781603443487
E-ISBN-10: 1603443487
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603440820
Print-ISBN-10: 1603440828

Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 486 color photos. 11 tables.
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series