Edd Barrows is a professor of biology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He has had a lifetime interest in the natural world, in particular, insects and their kin, plants, and geology. Childhood years spent roaming the countrysides of southern Michigan and central Florida fortified his earlier interests. He earned his B.S. in biology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Kansas. Since 1975, Edd has been engaged in biological research and teaching at Georgetown University. His scientific publications primarily relate to insect reproductive strategies, ecology, and pollination. Currently, besides scientific communication, he is studying the biodiversity of a freshwater tidal marsh and adjacent habitats; effects of a pesticide on beneficial, nontarget insects; and the evolution of an insect mimicry complex. He is a member of many scientific and conservation societies and is a former president of the Entomological Society of Washington. This book originated in 1984 as a glossary compiled as a reference for teaching and research.

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