Ecology, Behavior, and Natural HistoryeBook - 2007
Describing itself as a "grandchild" of The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches (by Roth and Wilson, 1960), this volume updates the previous work, but narrows its focus to non-domestic cockroach species and strives to present its information within ecological and evolutionary context. Chapters describe the extreme diversity of the morphology, locomotion, diets, and habitats of the 4000 species of Blattaria. They also provide overviews of the mating strategies, reproduction, and social behavior of cockroaches, as well as discussion of termites as social cockroaches and the ecological impact of cockroaches. Also discussed are microbes as the "unseen influence" on cockroach ecology and evolution. The text is illustrated with black and white photographs, drawings, and charts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
The cockroach is truly an evolutionary wonder. This definitive volume provides a complete overview of suborder Blattaria, highlighting the diversity of these amazing insects in their natural environments. Beginning with a foreword by E. O. Wilson, the book explores the fascinating natural history and behavior of cockroaches, describingtheir various colors, sizes, and shapes, as well as how they move on land, in water, and through the air. In addition to habitat use, diet, reproduction, and behavior,Cockroaches covers aspects of cockroach biology, such as the relationship between cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological impact of the suborder.
With over 100 illustrations, an expanded glossary, and an invaluable set of references, this work is destined to become the classic book on the Blattaria. Students and research entomologists can mine each chapter for new ideas, new perspectives, and new directions for future study.