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Entomology

Entomology


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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.

 

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Guides to Internet Resources

Entomology is well-supplied with electronic resources, ranging from very technical checklists of obscure insect families to cute bug pages for children. Most of the resources are specialized classification or identification tools, and most major insect collections have an Internet presence. There are a few freely-accessible Internet glossaries, bibliographies, and other reference tools but these are scattered and incomplete. Most of the major entomological societies listed above also have useful collections of links.



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