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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Insects and Near Relatives

Insects and Near Relatives

(p.13) 2 Insects and Near Relatives
(p.iii) Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents a taxonomy of insects. Insects and mites belong to a larger category of related animals, the phylum Arthropoda. Of all arthropods, mites and spiders are the most closely related to insects in form and function and in their status as pests that damage turfgrass. The chapter then considers the form and function of insects and mites. It looks at the types of mouthparts and turf-feeding damage of chewing and sucking insects. The chapter also studies the orders of turfgrass-damaging insects and mites. Relatively few orders of insects and mites have species destructive to turfgrass. The orders Lepidoptera and Coleoptera are by far the most important in number of destructive species present.

Keywords:   insects, mites, Arthropoda, arthropods, spiders, turfgrass, chewing insects, sucking insects, turfgrass-damaging insects, turfgrass-damaging mites

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