Insect Metamorphosis

Insect Metamorphosis

From Natural History to Regulation of Development and Evolution

1st Edition - March 14, 2020

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  • Author: Xavier Belles
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130209
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130216

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Insect Metamorphosis: From Natural History to Regulation of Development and Evolution explores the origin of metamorphosis, how it evolved, and how it is it regulated. The book discusses insect metamorphosis as a key innovation in insect evolution. With most of the present biodiversity on Earth composed of metamorphosing insects—approximately 1 million species currently described, with another 10-30 million still waiting to be discovered, the book delves into misconceptions and past treatments. In addition, the topic of integrating insect metamorphosis into the theory of evolution by natural selection as noted by Darwin in his On the Origin of Species is also discussed. Users will find this to be a comprehensive and updated review on insect metamorphosis, covering biological, physiological and molecular facets, with an emphasis on evolutionary aspects.

Key Features

  • Features updated knowledge from the past decade on the mechanisms of action of juvenile hormone, the main doorkeeper of insect metamorphosis
  • Aids researchers in entomology or developmental biology dealing with specialized aspects of metamorphosis
  • Provides applied entomologists with recently updated data, especially on regulation, to better face the problems of pest control and management
  • Gives general evolutionary biologists context on the process of metamorphosis in its larger scope


Researchers in insect biology in universities and research institutes; university professors of entomology, developmental biology, and life sciences. Experts in insect pest control in the industry sector as well as in the academic sector. Developmental biologists, especially those working with model insects, like Drosophila, and working in post-embryonic development in non-insect models that experience metamorphosis (amphibians, crustaceans, jellyfishes, etc.). Animal morphologists interested in processes that trigger changes of form. Secondary: Amateur entomologists, insect collectors, members of entomological societies. Teachers (elementary, high school) of natural history

Table of Contents

  • 1. The ideas of metamorphosis through time
    2. Life cycles and modes of metamorphosis
    3. Embryo development and metamorphosis
    4. Postembryonic development. Molting
    5. Hormones involved in the regulation of metamorphosis
    6. Molecular mechanisms of hormonal action
    7. The role of microRNAs in the regulation of metamorphosis
    8. The origin of hemimetaboly
    9. The evolution of metamorphosis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 14, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130209
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130216

About the Author

Xavier Belles

Xavier Belles is Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has been founder (2008) and first director (2008-2016) of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-Pompeu Fabra University), in Barcelona, where he still works. For more than 30 years, he has been studying the evolution of insect metamorphosis. He introduced the cockroach model in metamorphosis research, were he particularly investigated the molecular action of juvenile hormone and the role of microRNAs. He is the proponent of the MEKRE93 pathway, as the universal axis that regulates metamorphosis in insects, and the Broad-complex hypothesis, which explains its evolution. Prolific author, Xavier Belles has published 318 scientific papers and 11 books, and has been awarded the Maurice and Therese Pic Prize (Entomological Society of France, 1985), Scientific Literature Prize (Catalan Foundation for Research, 2003), House of Sciences Award (A Coruña Town Hall, 2009), Narcís Monturiol Medal (Catalan Government, 2019). He is Honorary Member of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology, and Academician of the Institute for Catalan Studies, the Royal Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences of Spain, and the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-Pompeu Fabra University), Barcelona, Spain

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