Fabre's Book of Insects

Fabre's Book of Insects

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This volume, based on translations of Fabre's "Souvenirs Entomologiques, " blends folklore and mythology with factual explanation. Fabre's absorbing account of the scarab beetle's existence, for example, begins with the ancient Egyptians' symbolic view of this busy creature, eventually leading to a careful discussion of its characteristic method of rolling a carefully sculpted ball of food to its den. Elsewhere, he discusses with infectious enthusiasm the physiologic secrets behind the luminosity of fireflies, the musical talents of the locust, the comfortable home of the field cricket, and the cannibalism of the pious-looking praying mantis, among other topics.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 0486401529
  • 9780486401522
  • 138,995

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