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Chapter 12: Entomology

Chapter 12: Entomology

Introduction

Entomology is "the study of insects," according to the Oxford Dictionary of Biology, 4th ed, 2000.  Strictly speaking, the true insects are only those belonging to the class Insecta, which does not include the spiders and other animals often thought of as insects such as millipedes or ticks.  However, this chapter includes material on both insects and their close relatives since many resources treat these related groups together.  Applied entomology is largely excluded, although some basic tools are mentioned. Resources about Drosophila used as a model organism for genetics or developmental biology are included in Chapter 7, “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Developmental Biology”.


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