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Cockroaches: Ecology, Behavior, and Natural History [Hardcover]

Edward O. Wilson , William J. Bell , Louis M. Roth , Christine A. Nalepa

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26 Jun 2007

The cockroach is truly an evolutionary wonder. This definitive volume provides a complete overview of suborder Blattaria, highlighting the diversity of these amazing insects in their natural environments. Beginning with a foreword by E. O. Wilson, the book explores the fascinating natural history and behavior of cockroaches, describing their various colors, sizes, and shapes, as well as how they move on land, in water, and through the air. In addition to habitat use, diet, reproduction, and behavior, Cockroaches covers aspects of cockroach biology, such as the relationship between cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological impact of the suborder.

With over 100 illustrations, an expanded glossary, and an invaluable set of references, this work is destined to become the classic book on the Blattaria. Students and research entomologists can mine each chapter for new ideas, new perspectives, and new directions for future study.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (26 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801886163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801886164
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2.4 x 28.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,164,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well suited for any collection delving into insect natural history.

(Midwest Book Review)

This transformative work will be an inspiration to students of entomology.


A must-have for any insect hobbiest.

(Allpet Roaches Forum)

This contribution is an important source of information on cockroach natural history and diversity.

(Frederic Legendre Quarterly Review of Biology)

This is a well-written book that is also visually attractive... This book is much needed to educate biologists about the fascinating biology and diversity of cockroaches.

(Srini Kambhampati Integrative and Comparative Biology)

Suitable for researchers, students, and naturalists, chapters are topical, exploring the diversity of cockroaches.

(Southeastern Naturalist)

About the Author

William J. Bell (1943–1998) was a revered entomologist specializing in insect physiology and behavior. His two-volume work, Chemical Ecology of Insects (coedited with R. T. Carde), is considered a classic in the field. Louis M. Roth (1918–2003) was an acknowledged world expert on cockroaches at Harvard University. Christine A. Nalepa is a research specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and an adjunct associate professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. She works on a variety of insects, including beetles, wasps, cockroaches, and termites.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A specialty pick well suited for any collection delving into insect natural history. 4 Dec 2007
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College-level collections strong in entomological references will find an invaluable detail to COCKROACHES, a review of the approximately 4,000 species within the suborder Blattaria. Chapters explore the history and behavior of cockroaches, describing their colors, shapes, diet, reproduction habits and more, and including analysis of the ecology and evolution of the species. Over 100 illustrations and an expanded glossary enhance a coverage packed with charts and black and white illustrations, making COCKROACHES a specialty pick well suited for any collection delving into insect natural history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cockroaches On Mars? 5 Aug 2011
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Legend has it that after man and after civilization the cockroaches shall overcome and reign supreme. But I've heard that the only reason they remain alive at all in temperate belts is because we keep them warm and fed each winter. So deduction would conclude that once we are gone and the freezing winter arrives they shall Surcome to the temperature and be unable to scrounge for nourishment , therefore withering, dying, and drying. In warmer climates the order of ecology should keep them in check.

The best we have seen were: off Pablo Neruda ave. en Guadalajara Mexico, Manhattan in NYC, and the beef masters in the alleys just offa Rush street 2am Chicago.

Well anyway - this is a great comprehensive book on these eternal symbiotic friends.
We prefer em with Jamaican hot sauce!
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