The Insects Author:Peter Farb For some 300 million years the insects have consistently been the world's foremost opportunists. We can only speculate on what potentialities ancestral insects must have possessed that enabled their descendants to populate the land and fresh waters with the greatest assemblage of species of any group of organisms. — Insect diversification extend... more »ed far beyond the primary invasions of the land and fresh-water environments, for a great many insects soon began to feed on other insects, sometimes on close relative. As a result, there are now so many different insects that even today we are vastly ignorant about the details of the lives and ecology of the great majority.
The authors and editors of this book must have had many difficult moments deciding how far it was possible to generalize without error or oversimplification on the one hand, or prolixity on the other.« less