Chapter 25. Insect Biodiversity – Millions and Millions

  1. Robert G. Foottit3 and
  2. Peter H. Adler4
  1. May Berenbaum1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch25

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Berenbaum, M. (2009) Insect Biodiversity – Millions and Millions, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, 505 S.Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801-3707, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Entomology, 320 Morrill Hall, University of Illinois, 505 S. Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801-3795, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211



  • insect biodiversity - millions and millions;
  • identifying pest species correctly - understanding life histories and developing approaches for managing them;
  • new technologies, new hypotheses, and new information - scientific conclusions constantly modified and updated;
  • Kellert - administering questionnaire to determine ‘level of knowledge’ of invertebrates in general;
  • identifying and appreciating diversity of potential biological control agents used in pest-management programs;
  • significant public health consequences and failure to recognize and differentiate among insect species;
  • insects – at a disproportionate risk of extinction;
  • consensus on conserving biodiversity - a good thing


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Acknowledgments

  • References