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Brief Reviews – Bugs Rule!

An Introduction to the World of Insects

Bugs Rule!: An Introduction to the World of Insects by Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak | Hardback | 480 pages | 830+ colour & B&W illustrations | Princeton University Press | Sep 2013 | ISBN: 9780691124957

Publisher’s View: Bugs Rule! provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their non-insect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.

Ideal for non-science majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, Bugs Rule! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures. It places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject. It covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders. It provides a thorough review of the non-insect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans.

Bugs Rule! features more than 830 color photos. It highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society. It is an online illustration package is available to professors.


Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton).

Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes.

What Others Say:"Breadth classes dealing with insects have been extremely popular among science and non-science majors for decades. The photographs, illustrations, little known facts, and sidebars in Bugs Rule! bring to life the fascinating world of insects. Bugs Rule! is an excellent text for the non-science major and general nature enthusiast."
– Michael K. Rust, University of California, Riverside

"Bugs Rule! offers a basic introduction to the biology and diversity of insects and their importance to the environment and to humans. It provides a good balance between science and interesting highlights that illustrate why insects are so vital to our lives. Students will enjoy the book."
– Tom Weissling, University of Nebraska


Readable and accessible, Bugs Rule! is crammed with tidbits of information."
– Jonathan Neal, Purdue University

Fatbirder View: Beautifully illustrated and very informative… on of those books that is a joy to peruse as well as a source of fact and resource for post trip ID

Fatbirder This is a book by enthusiasts calculated to inspire enthusiasm in its readers… and no worse for that. It is crammed and I doubt most people will read it through but rather dip in and use it as a reference to get overviews of parts of the insect world, behavior and special characteristics. It is worldwide in scope but naturally biased to North America as the authors are American. Being crammed does, of course, have its downside and its pages are at times crowded and look a bit of a mess with illustrations and photos ranging from brilliant to poor. It6 is a mixed bag but for the most part great fun and a veritable mine of facts, figures and intriguing stuff.

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