Chapter 2. Structure and Function of Insects

  1. John L. Capinera Professor Chairman

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317688.ch2

Insects and Wildlife: Arthropods and their Relationships with Wild Vertebrate Animals

Insects and Wildlife: Arthropods and their Relationships with Wild Vertebrate Animals

How to Cite

Capinera, J. L. (2010) Structure and Function of Insects, in Insects and Wildlife: Arthropods and their Relationships with Wild Vertebrate Animals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317688.ch2

Author Information

  1. Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332995

Online ISBN: 9781444317688

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Keywords:

  • structure and function of insects;
  • integument, unusual features of insects, rigid body wall to form a series of plates;
  • body regions - principal regions of insects, head, thorax and abdomen;
  • internal anatomy - insect body, elongate, cylindrical structure;
  • muscular system - best developed in head and thorax;
  • circulatory system - single dorsal vessel to move blood through the body;
  • glandular systems -important secretions from various glands in body;
  • communication - signal using visual, auditory or chemical stimuli;
  • metamorphosis - gene expression controlled by hormone levels;
  • feeding ecology - central to relationship of insects and wildlife

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Integument

  • Molting

  • Body Regions

  • The Head

  • The Thorax

  • The Abdomen

  • Internal Anatomy

  • Muscular System

  • Fat Body

  • Digestive System

  • Circulatory System

  • Ventilatory System

  • Nervous System

  • Vision

  • Glandular Systems

  • Polyphenism or Polymorphism

  • Communication

  • Sociality

  • Metamorphosis

  • Reproductive System

  • Eggs of Insects

  • Excretory System

  • Thermal Biology

  • Feeding Ecology

  • Summary

  • References and Additional Reading