© 1998

Insect Populations In theory and in practice

19th Symposium of the Royal Entomological Society 10–11 September 1997 at the University of Newcastle

  • J. P. Dempster
  • I. F. G. McLean

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Part One

  3. Part Two

About this book


Insects are by far the largest group of animals on Earth, with over a million described species, and they occupy a wide range of ecological niches - they may be herbivores, predators, parasites or decomposers. Some are of particular economic importance as pests of agriculture and forestry, as vectors of animal and human disease, or as species of interest to wildlife conservation. Thus an understanding of the processes determining their numbers is of considerable practical value.
Entomologists have played a leading role in developing a theoretical basis to Population Ecology, but we still do not have adequate experimental and observational proof for many of the theoretical ideas that have been proposed. As a result, the subject has been beset with arguments for more than 50 years. This volume attempts to reconcile some of these controversies, while also reviewing the current state of our knowledge. The editors have drawn together an international list of contributors whose views reflect a range of opinions on how natural populations are stabilised. They have succeeded in producing a book that both covers the main alternative views in population theory and contains some of the best recent field studies of insect populations.
This Royal Entomological Society Symposium volume will be of great interest to all entomologists and ecologists, particularly those who wish to know more about Population Dynamics.


animals ecology evolution forest insect insects parasites population dynamics predator

Editors and affiliations

  • J. P. Dempster
    • 1
  • I. F. G. McLean
    • 2
  1. 1.The Limes, The Green, HiltonHuntingdon, CambridgeshireUK
  2. 2.Joint Nature Conservation CommitteePeterboroughUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Insect Populations In theory and in practice
  • Book Subtitle 19th Symposium of the Royal Entomological Society 10–11 September 1997 at the University of Newcastle
  • Editors Jack P. Dempster
    Ian F.G. McLean
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Royal Entomological Society 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-412-83260-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6060-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-4914-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 486
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
    Evolutionary Biology
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`...I would recommend the book not only for all the researchers in insect population ecology, but also as excellent reading for graduate seminars in (insect) population ecology, and as an excellent basis for discussion groups.'
European Journal of Entomology, 97 (2000)
`This uge package of knowledge must surely be read throughly more than once in order to digest everything. On the other hand, every reader can pick the articles that they find most interesting. I can warmly recommend the book as a basic textbook for university students as well as to professors and other lectures and all scientists dealing with these topics.'
Entomologica Fennica, Vol.12