An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is an authoritative reference in a breathtakingly beautiful volume, one that will leave every reader with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and--yes--fondness for these amazing creatures and their place in nature. In terms of numbers, beetles are the most successful creatures on earth: about 350,000 species of beetles have been described since 1758. They range from tiny to gigantic, occupy sundry habitats, and eat everything--plants, animals, and their own remains. An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles provides an engaging look at these magnificent yet poorly understood creatures and highlights the absolutely essential role they play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. And, as this book beautifully demonstrates, the aesthetics of beetle design are amazing. The fantastic colors and shapes of these creatures warrant the gorgeous color photography lavished on them in this book.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 229 x 279 x 14mm | 953g
- 05 Apr 2000
- University of California Press
- Berkerley, United States
- Revised ed.
- 98 color illustrations, 27 line drawings
"These two scientists not only display some of the most spectacular specimens, but also give fascinating accounts of the strange life cycles and morphologies of these often ignored arthropods."--"E Magazine
About Arthur V. Evans
Arthur V. Evans is a free-lance author and photographer living in Richmond, VA. Charles L. Bellamy works for the Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento. Lisa Charles Watson is an award-winning photographer who works in New York City.