Originally published during the early part of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature were designed to provide concise introductions to a broad range of topics. They were written by experts for the general reader and combined a comprehensive approach to knowledge with an emphasis on accessibility. The Life-Story of Insects by G. H. Carpenter was first published in 1913. The book contains an informative account of the facts and meanings of insect transformations, allowing scope for further entomological investigation in the field.
1. Introduction; 2. Growth and change; 3. The life-stories of some sucking insects; 4. From water to air; 5. Transformations, outward and inward; 6. Larvae and their adaptations; 7. Pupae and their modifications; 8. The life-story and the seasons; 9. Past and present - the meaning of the story; Outline classification of insects; Table of geological systems; Bibliography; Index.