Insects: Key biological features

Jørgen Eilenberg*, Joop J.A. van Loon

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In this chapter, we present a brief introduction to the biology of insects, the arthropod class Insecta. We describe diversity of insects and how their bodies are structured. We also provide information about key biological features, starting with the insect exoskeleton, its structure and function. Furthermore, the insect gut and its functions are explained as well as insect growth and development. We end by describing considerations and methods for insect collecting and sampling in the field to initiate and sustain insect rearing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems
EditorsAfton Halloran, Roberto Flore, Paul Vantomme, Nanna Roos
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9783319740119
ISBN (Print)9783319740102
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2018


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