Insects and their allies affect humans in a wide variety of ways. As well as being highly beneficial as pollinators of fruit and flowers, many are attractively coloured and some even sound pleasant. But they also cause considerable detrimental effects, destroying crops and damaging food, property, and livestock. Most significant is their role in transmitting disease to humans and causing debilitating conditions and extreme discomfort.
This Atlas, which is illustrated with many of the authors’ own photographs, will enable the reader to identify the cause of these problems and, with a knowledge of the creatures’ habits, habitat and life history, to prevent further attack or infestation.
The authors are indebted to their colleagues who have assisted in the production of the Atlas, and to those who have allowed their photographs to be used.
N. R. H. Burgess
G. O. Cowan