By James R. Busvine Ph.D., D.Sc., F.I. Biol. (auth.)

It was once pleasurable to be invited to arrange a 3rd variation of this booklet, which first seemed in 1951. initial discussions with the publishers, in spite of the fact that, published a substantial problem within the current excessive bills of printing, in order that adjustments and a few advancements have been truly essential to justify the enterprise. It was once instantly obvious that the bankruptcy on chemical regulate measures must be considerably re-written, as a result nice alterations in utilization as a result of resistance and the rules brought to avoid environmental pollutants. additionally, i made a decision to extend the scope of the publication by way of elevated insurance of the pests of continental Europe and North the United States, together with a few new figures and keys within the Appendix. those undertakings led to significant growth in size, with approximately 370 new references and 250 extra particular names within the Index. in an effort to stay away from too alarming a rise in rate, i made a decision to sacrifice 3 chapters from the sooner versions: these facing the constitution and category of bugs, their anatomy and body structure, and their ecology. Readers who require simple organic info on bugs can purchase one of many quite a few brief introductions to entomology available.

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