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Secret weapons : defenses of insects, spiders, scorpions, and other many-legged creatures

Author: Thomas Eisner; Maria Eisner; Melody Siegler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
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"Part handbook, part field guide, part photo album, Secret Weapons chronicles the diverse and often astonishing defensive strategies that have allowed insects, spiders, scorpions, and other many-legged creatures not just to survive, but to thrive." "In sixty-nine chapters, each illustrated with photographs culled from Thomas Eisner's legendary collection, we meet a largely North American cast of anthropods - as well  Read more...
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Eisner, Thomas, 1929-2011.
Secret weapons.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)899301418
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Eisner; Maria Eisner; Melody Siegler
ISBN: 0674018826 9780674018822 0674024036 9780674024038
OCLC Number: 57506693
Description: x, 372 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Class Arachnida --
Order Uropygi --
Family Theliphonidae --
1. Mastigoproctus giganteus (the vinegaroon) --
Order Opiliones --
Family Cosmetidae --
2. Vonones sayi (a harvestman) --
Family Sclerosomatidae --
3. Leiobunum nigripalpi (a daddylonglegs) --
Order Scorpiones --
Family Vejovidae --
4. Vejovis spinigerus (the striped tail scorpion) --
Order Araneida --
Family Oxyopidae --
5. Peucetia viridans (the green lynx spider) --
Class Chilopoda --
Order Scolopendrida --
Family Scholopendiridae --
6. Scolopendra heros (the giant Sonoran centipede) --
Order Geophilida --
Family Oryidae --
7. Orphnaeus brasilianus (a geophilid centipede) --
Class Diplopoda --
Order Spirobolida --
8. Floridobolus penneri (the Florida scrub millipede) --
Order Polydesmida --
Family Polydesmidae --
9. Apheloria kleinpeteri (a polydesmid millipede) --
Order Polyzoniida --
Family Polyzoniidae --
10. Polyzonium rosalbum (a polyzoniid millipede) --
Order Glomerida --
Family Glomeridae --
11. Glomeris marginata (a pill millipede) --
Order polyxenida --
Family polyxenidae --
12. Polyxenus fasciculatus (a bristle millipede) --
Class Insecta --
Order Dyctioptera --
Family Blattidae --
13. Eurycotis floridana (the Florida woods cockroach) --
14. Periplaneta australasiae (the Australian cockroach) --
15. Deropeltis wahlbergi (a blattid cockroach) --
Family Blaberidae --
16. Diploptera punctata (the Pacific beetle cockroach). Order Dermaptera --
Family Forficulidae --
17. Doru taeniatum (an earwig) --
Order Isoptera --
Family Termitidae --
18. Nasutitermes exitiosus (a termite) --
Order Phasmatodea --
Family Diapheromeridae --
19. Oreophoetes perusana (a walkingstick) --
Family Pseudophasmatidae --
20. Anisomorpha buprestoides (the two-striped walkingstick) --
Order Orthoptera --
Family Romaleidae --
21. Romalea guttata (the eastern lubber grasshopper) --
Order Hemiptera --
Family Coreidae --
22. Chelinidea vittiger (a leaf-footed bug) --
Family Reduviidae --
23. Apiomerus flaviventris (a reduviid bug) --
Family Belostomatidae --
24. Abedus herberti (a giant water bug) --
Family Aphididae --
25. Aphis nerii (the oleander aphid) --
26. Prociphilus tessellatus (the woolly alder aphid) --
Family Flatidae --
27. Ormenaria rufifascia (a flatid planthopper) --
Family Cercopidae --
28. Prosapia bicincta (the two-lined spittlebug) --
Family Dactylopiidae --
29. Dactylopius confusus (a cochineal bug) --
Family Aleyrodidae --
30. Metaleurodicus griseus (a whitefly) --
Order Neuroptera --
Family Chrysopidae --
31. Ceraeochrysa cubana (a green lacewing) --
32. Ceraeochrysa smithi (a green lacewing) --
33. Chrysopa slossonae (a green lacewing) --
Order Coleoptera --
Family Carabidae --
34. Galerita lecontei (a ground beetle) --
35. Brachinus (many species) (bombardier beetles) --
Family Gyrinidae --
36. Dineutus hornii (a whirligig beetle) --
Family Dytiscidae --
37. Thermonectus marmoratus (a predaceous diving beetle) --
Family Silphidae --
38. Necrodes surinamensis (the red-lined carrion beetle) --
Family Staphylinidae --
39. Creophilus maxillosus (the hairy rove beetle). Family Cantharidae --
40. Chauliognathus lecontei (a soldier beetle) --
Family Lampyridae --
41. Photinus ignitus and Photuris versicolor (fireflies) --
Family Lycidae --
42. Calopteron reticulatum (the banded net-winged beetle) --
Family Elateridae --
43. Alaus myops (the eyed elater) --
Family Buprestidae --
44. Acmaeodera pulchella (the flat-headed baldcypress sapwood borer) --
Family Coccinellidae --
45. Cycloneda sanguinea (a ladybird beetle) --
46. Epilachna varivestis (the Mexican bean beetle) --
Family Meloidae --
47. Epicauta (an unidentified species) (a blister beetle) --
Family Pyrochroidae --
48. Neopyrochroa flabellata (a fire-colored beetle) --
Family Tenebrionidae --
49. Adelium percatum (a darkling beetle) --
50. Bolitotherus cornutus (the forked fungus beetle) --
51. Eleodes longicollis (a darkling beetle) --
Family Scarabaeidae --
52. Trichiotinus rufobrunneus (a scarab beetle) --
Family Chrysomelidae --
53. Hemisphaerota cyanea (a tortoise beetle) --
54. Gratiana pallidula (a tortoise beetle) --
55. Plagiodera versicolora (the imported willow leaf beetle) --
Order Lepidoptera --
Family Dalceridae --
56. Dalcerides ingenita (a dalcerid moth) --
Family Noctuidae --
57. Litoprosopus futilis (the palmetto borer moth) --
Family Notodontidae --
58. Schizura unicornis (the unicorn caterpillar moth) --
Family Thyrididae --
59. Calindoea trifascialis (a thyridid moth) --
Family Yponomeutidae --
60. Ypsolopha dentella (the European honeysuckle leaf roller). Family Geometridae --
61. Nemoria outina (a geometrid moth) --
Family Arctiidae --
62. Utetheisa ornatrix (the rattlebox moth) --
Family Saturniidae --
63. Automeris io (the io moth) --
Family Papilionidae --
64. Eurytides marcellus (the zebra swallowtail butterfly) --
Family Pieridae --
65. Pieris rapae (the cabbage butterfly) --
Family Nymphalidae --
66. Danaus plexippus (the monarch butterfly) --
Order Hymenoptera --
Family Pergidae --
67. Perga affinis (a pergine sawfly) --
Family Formicidae --
68. Camponotus floridanus (a carpenter ant) --
Family Apidae --
69. Apis mellifera (the honey bee) --
Epilogue --
How to study insects and their kin --
Acknowledgments --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Thomas Eisner, Maria Eisner, Melody Siegler.
Local System Bib Number:
002228303

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Part handbook, part field guide, part photo album, Secret Weapons, the follow-up to the award-winning For Love of Insects, chronicles the diverse and often astonishing defensive strategies that have  Read more...
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