1st Edition

Human-Insect Interactions

ISBN 9781498719490
Published December 27, 2017 by CRC Press
428 Pages 4 Color & 118 B/W Illustrations

USD $219.95

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Book Description

This book presents a 360-degree picture of the world of insects and explores how their existence affects our lives: the "good, bad, and ugly" aspects of their interactions with humankind. It provides a lucid introductory text for beginning undergraduate students in the life sciences, particularly those pursuing beginner courses in entomology, agriculture, and botany.

Table of Contents



Ecosystem Services


Cleaning Services

Soil Formation and Soil Conditioning

Insects as a Food Resource for Animals

Insects as a Source of Nutrients for Plants

The Use of Insects in Science

Insects as an Object of Genetic Research

Insects as an Object of Gerontology Research

Insects as an Object of Other Medical and Biological Research

Insects as Bioindicators

Use of Insects for Paleoecological Reconstructions

Forensic Entomology

Use of Insects in Medicine and Cosmetic Industry

Use of Insects in Folk Medicine

Creation of New Medicines

Wound Healing

Venom Therapy

Other Kinds of Human Therapy

Use of Insects in Cosmetic Industry

Use of Insects in Technology (Insect Bionics)

Use of Insects for Creating Technical Systems

Use of Insects for Creating Technical Installations

Insect Bionics Applications for Creating Tools

Insect Bionics Applications for Creating Devices

Insect Bionics Applications for Creating of New Materials

Insect Bionics Applications for Creating of Structures

Other Insect Bionic Applications

Commercial Use of Insects


Production of Dyes

Production and Use of Shellac

Production and Use of Wax

Food Use of Insects

The Use of Products of Vital Functions of Insects

Direct Use of Insects as Food

Insects as Animal Feed

Use of Insects in Agriculture and Forestry

Control / Regulation of Pests

Weed Control

Insects as a Form of Entertainment

Insect-based Tourism

Insect-based Leisure

Use of Insects as Pets

Insects as a Spectacle

Photo Hunting for Insects

Collecting of Insects

Insects as a Fishing Bait

Other Uses of Insects

Insects as Weapons of War and Terror

Use of Insects in Torture and Execution

Use of Insects in Rituals

Use of Insects as Decorations

Use of Insects to Search for Deposits

Use of Insects for Recycling of Organic Waste

Business Related to Insects

Rearing of Insects for Biological Control

Production of Insects for Human and Pet Food

Manufacturing of Entomological Equipment

Providing Hobbyists and Collectors with Insects

Butterfly Houses

Other Kinds of Business

Insects in Culture

Insects in Fiction

Insects in Poetry

Insects in Film

Insects in Music

Insects in Painting

Insects in Sculptures

Insects in Monuments and Statues

Insects in Heraldry

Insects and Arachnids in Numismatics

Insects in Philately

Insects in Religion, Mythology, and Symbolism

Proverbs, Sayings, and Expressions Related to Insects

Insect Conservation

Human Impact on Insects

Principles of Insect Conservation

Methods of Insect Conservation


Insects as Pests

Insects as Agricultural Pests

Insects as Forest Pests

Insects and Spiders as Pests of Fisheries

Biodeterioration by Insects

Insects as a Vector of Plant Diseases

Insects as a Vector of Agricultural Plant Diseases

Insects as a Vector of Forest Plants Diseases

Insects as a Vector of Diseases in Animals and Humans

Mosquitoes as a Vectors of Disease

Ticks and Mites as a Vectors of Disease

Sand Flies, Tsetse Flies, and Black Flies as Vectors of Disease

Biting Midges as Vectors of Disease

Bedbugs and Kissing Bugs as Vectors of Disease

Fleas as Vectors of Disease

Lice as Vectors of Disease

Mechanical Disease Transmission by Insects

Bloodsucking Insects and Ticks

General Characteristics of Bloodsucking Insects and Ticks

Distribution of Different Blood-Sucking Insects and Ticks

Impact of Blood-Sucking Insects on Humans

Impact of Blood-Sucking Insects on Animals

Venomous Insects and Arachnids

Venomous Insects

Venomous Spiders

Venomous Scorpions

Venomous Ticks


Invasions of Insects

General Characteristics of Insect Invasions and Introductions

Natural Invasions of Insects

Introductions of Insects

Accidental Invasions of Insects

Insect Allergy

Insect Sting Allergy

Insect Bite Allergy

Inhalation Insect Allergy

Other Kinds of Insect Allergy



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Sergey Govorushko is a chief research scholar at the Pacific Geographical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also Professor at the Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok). Sergey Govorushko received his PhD from the Institute of Geography (Moscow), Russian Academy of Sciences. His research activities focus on the interaction between humanity and the environment, including the impact of nature on humanity; the impact of humanity on the environment; and assessment of the interaction (environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, etc.). He has authored 11 and co-authored 16 monographs.


In Human-Insect Interaction, Sergey Govorushko begins with an important reminder: “Insects are the most numerous class of living organisms on Earth. You cannot find a human who is not in contact with them.” Govorushko describes human-insect interaction encyclopedically, using tables, photographs, and maps, along with extensive in-text citations. [She] generates appreciation for insects and a deeper understanding of their role in the web of life, enumerating the anthropogenic threats faced by insects through pollution, climate change, habitat loss, pesticide use, monocrop agriculture, and the introduction of non-native species. She also highlights how the loss of insect populations will have unknown consequences for human welfare and well-being.

-- Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado Boulder, in Symbolic Interaction (2019), ISSN: 0195-6086 print/1533-8665 online.