Insects are the most interesting and diverse group of organisms on earth, many of which are useful as pollinators of crops and wild plants while others are useful as natural enemies keeping pestiferous insects in check. It is important to conserve these insects for our survival and for this the diversity of insect species inhabiting the different ecosystems of our country must be known. The cornerstone to studies of any kind of organismal diversity is their taxonomic identity. Even after over two and half centuries of studies, so little is known of the insect wealth of our country. It has contributions from taxonomists who have been studying Indian insects for long, this book offers up to date information on many important groups of Indian insects seeking to fill the lacuna of a long felt need for a comprehensive work on the taxonomy of Indian insects.

Salient features:

  • Provides an up-to-date taxonomy of major insect groups of India
  • Presents identification keys with illustrations of several important groups of Indian insects
  • Gives a new insight into why insects are so abundant
  • Addresses fundamental questions in mechanoreception and cross kingdom interactions using insects as model systems

Indian Insects: Diversity and Science is a festschrift to Professor C. A. Viraktamath, an insect taxonomist par excellence. It has been designed to cater to the needs of academicians, researchers and students who wish to identify insects collected from local environments and will be an invaluable aid for those working in the areas of systematics, ecology, behaviour, diversity and the conservation of insects.

chapter 1|6 pages

Why Are Insects Abundant? Chance or Design?

ByK. N. Ganeshaiah

chapter 2|22 pages

Mayflies (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) of India

ByC. Selvakumar, K. A. Subramanian, K. G. Sivaramakrishnan

chapter 3|17 pages

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Insecta: Odonata) of India

ByK. A. Subramanian, R. Babu

chapter 4|9 pages

Stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera) of India

ByR. Babu, K. G. Sivaramakrishnan, K. A. Subramanian

chapter 5|12 pages

Taxonomy of Orthoptera with Emphasis on Acrididae

ByRajamani Swaminathan, Tatiana Swaminathan

chapter 6|34 pages

Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Soft Scales (Hemiptera: Coccidae)

BySunil Joshi

chapter 7|18 pages

Whiteflies (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) of India

ByR. Sundararaj, K. Selvaraj, D. Vimala, T. Venkatesan

chapter 9|11 pages

Indian Mymaridae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea)

ByS. Manickavasagam, S. Palanivel

chapter 10|13 pages

Scelionidae and Platygastridae (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea) of India

ByK. Rajmohana, Sunita Patra

chapter 11|13 pages

Bumble Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apinae: Bombini) of India

ByMartin Streinzer

chapter 12|14 pages

Potter Wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) of India

ByP. Girish Kumar, Arati Pannure, James M. Carpenter

chapter 13|22 pages

Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)

Their History and Future in Indian Biological Studies
ByDavid L. Pearson

chapter 14|24 pages

Coccinellidae of the Indian Subcontinent

ByJ. Poorani

chapter 16|30 pages

Taxonomy, Systematics, and Biology of Indian Butterflies in the 21st Century

ByKrushnamegh Kunte, Dipendra Nath Basu, G. S. Girish Kumar

chapter 17|20 pages

Taxonomy and Diversity of Indian Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

ByK. J. David, S. Ramani, S. K. Singh

chapter 18|64 pages

Hover-Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) Recorded from “Dravidia,” or Central and Peninsular India and Sri Lanka

An Annotated Checklist and Bibliography 1
ByKumar Ghorpadé

chapter 19|11 pages

A Comparative Study of Antennal Mechanosensors in Insects

ByHarshada H. Sant, Sanjay P. Sane

chapter 20|13 pages

Cross-Kingdom Interactions in Natural Microcosms

The Worlds Within Fig Syconia and Ant-Plant Domatia
ByRenee M. Borges, Joyshree Chanam, Mahua Ghara, Anusha Krishnan, Yuvaraj Ranganathan, Megha Shenoy, Vignesh Venkateswaran, Pratibha Yadav