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This book has been widely accepted as a standard reference on economic entomology. The first 10 chapters are devoted to the fundamentals of technical entomology, while the remaining 13 chapters are given over to the major crop insects in the United States and southern Canada. A table or key to help the reader identify a particular pest, when the plant or animal attacked is known, introduces each chapter in the latter part of the book. The discussions of the various pests include statements on the recognition marks and types of injury, life history, and significant habits, and the control measures believed to be effective.
The vast number of changes that have occurred in insect control during the past decade have been largely incorporated into the present edition. This has necessitated the revising of several sections to include recent knowledge on insect biochemistry and physiology and a revising of information on
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