I wrote about arthropods more than once before I realized that I had more than a passing interest in them. Cabinet of Curiosities includes a chapter that describes five insects (ant, dung beetle, ladybug, monarch butterfly, and dragonfly. Extinct animals has a chapter on extinct bugs of the British Isles and a chapters on arthropods from all over. The book of science describes arthropods of the Burgess shale, Batesian and Müllerian mimicry of butterflies and moths, ants, and includes drawings of a trilobite, a flea, a bumblebee, and a fruitfly.
In an attempt to focus on the features of arthropods that matter to us the most, I have organized this book by features, not by creatures.
The cover illustration depicts an earwig, Hemimerus hanseni.
Most of the topics below link to Wikipedia.org, which is a great resource for learning about arthropods.
- What is an arthropod?
- Arthropod morphology
- Arthropod senses
- ‘Hairy’ Insects and Spiders: Spurs, Spines, Setae, and Sensilla, by Ray Dessy
- “Types of Antennae,” American Museum of Natural History
- “How Many Eyes Does a Spider Have?” 28 October 2014, Karen
- “Insect senses,” by David Darling
- “Ocelli or eye spots”
- “Arthropod eye”
- “Spider anatomy”
- “Compound eye”
- “Johnston’s organ”
- “Chordotonal organ”
- Arthropod life cycles
- Aquatic arthropods
Photo by “Terry M. Sharp”
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