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Insects boast incredible diversity, and this book treats an important component of the western insect biota that has not been summarized before—moths and their plant relationships. There are about 8,000 named species of moths in our region, and although most are unnoticed by the public, many attract attention when their larvae create economic damage: eating holes in woolens, infesting stored foods, boring into apples, damaging crops and garden plants, or defoliating forests. In contrast to previous North American moth books, this volume discusses and illustrates about 25% of the species in every family, including the tiny species, making this the most comprehensive volume in its field. With this approach it provides access to microlepidoptera study for biologists as well as amateur collectors. About 2,500 species are described and illustrated, including virtually all moths of economic importance, summarizing their morphology, taxonomy, adult behavior, larval biology, and life cycles.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. About This Book
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. PART ONE
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. Morphology
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Biology
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. Significance in Natural and Human Communities
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Fossil Record and Evolution
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. PART TWO
  2. pp. 31-31
  1. Primitive Lineages
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. Ditrysia, Nonapoditrysian Superfamilies
  2. pp. 47-113
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  1. Apoditrysia
  2. pp. 115-200
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  1. Macrolepidoptera
  2. pp. 201-319
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  1. Suggestions for Collecting and Observing Moths
  2. pp. 321-328
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 329-332
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  1. Insect Index
  2. pp. 333-355
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  1. Plant Index
  2. pp. 357-365
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 367-369
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 370-370
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  1. Moths of Western North America: Plates
  2. pp. IP 1-IP 132
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520943773
Related ISBN
9780520251977
MARC Record
OCLC
536166537
Pages
383
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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