pt. I. Introduction. Ch. 1. Importance of Insect Ecology. Ch. 2. Major Components and Processes in Ecosystems. Ch. 3. The World of the Insect: Size and Scaling in Moderately Small Organisms. Ch. 4. Development of Theory in Insect Ecology -- pt. II. Trophic Relationships. Ch. 5. Plant and Insect Herbivore Relationships. Ch. 6. Hypotheses on Plant and Herbivore Interactions. Ch. 7. Interactions Between Prey and Predator. Ch. 8. Predator and Prey Population Dynamics. Ch. 9. Parasite and Host Interactions. Ch. 10. Mutualistic Associations. Ch. 11. Pollination Ecology. Ch. 12. Energy Flow, Nutrients, and Ecosystem Function -- pt. III. Populations. Ch. 13. Demography: Population Growth and Life Tables. Ch. 14. Life Histories and Reproductive Strategies. Ch. 15. Behavioral Ecology. Ch. 16. Ecological Genetics. Ch. 17. Population Dynamics: Conceptual Aspects. Ch. 18. Population Dynamics: Modeling. Ch. 19. Population Dynamics: Synthesis -- pt. IV. Communities and Distributions. "Insect Ecology is the world's foremost reference to the never-ending and crucial interactions of the richest taxon of organisms on this earth, with perhaps some 8 million extant species. Now in its Third Edition and twentieth year of publication, Insect Ecology has endured as an unparalleled classic." "Taking the reader from an explanation of the science to its significance as a discipline, Insect Ecology is a meticulous, systematic examination of the underlying dynamics of plant-insect interactions, predation, parasites and hosts, and mutualistic relationships, including pollination ecology, that are central to understanding the insects' role in nature. Viewing the largely invisible drama of natural protagonists and antagonists, hidden in the lush foliage of a tropical rain forest or temperate woody vegetation, Peter Price details the unique traits, behaviors, and functions of insects, while placing them in the broader contexts of their places in food webs, ecosystem function, population dynamics, and community interactions."--Jacket.