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- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 13mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 November 1998
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486401529
- ISBN 13: 9780486401522
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 144,231
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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Table of contents
Publisher's Note I My Work and My Workshop II The Sacred Beetle III The Cicada IV The Praying Mantis V The Glow-Worm VI A Mason-Wasp VII The Psyches VIII The Self-Denial of the Spanish Copris IX Two Strange Grasshoppers X Common Wasps XI The Adventures of a Grub XII The Cricket XIII The Sisyphus XIV The Capricorn XV Locusts XVI The Anthrax Fly