Insect Lives

Insect Lives : Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World

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A weird and wonderful journey into the insect world through literature, science, art, and popular culture Insects inhabit an often unseen world, pursuing strange, tiny, and astonishingly full lives far beyond our wildest imaginings. From the dawn of the written word, humans have recorded their fascination with insects, from Aristotle, the world's first "biologist," to the journals of the nineteenth-century naturalists, to the hyperbolic and highly entertaining science fiction screenplays of the twentieth century. Insect Lives delightfully captures the entire range of our insect preoccupation. This eclectic and absorbing anthology of hard science, thrilling discoveries, and outlandish tales features everything from the Bible to Dave Barry, from Henry David Thoreau to Charles Darwin. Erich Hoyt (North Berwick, Scotland) has written for National Geographic and the New York Times and is the author of The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants. Ted Schultz, PhD (Washington, DC), is a Smithsonian Institution entomologist and former editor at Whole Earth Review.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 167 x 240 x 29mm | 696g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0471282774
  • 9780471282778

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A Wonderful Journey into the Insect World through Literature, Science, Art, and Popular Culture Aristotle on metamorphosis

Alfred Russel Wallace on the rare butterflies of the Malay Archipelago Jean-Henri Fabre on the art of the dung beetle Dave Barry on naming the U.S. Official National Insect Charles Darwin on seagoing insects William Beebe on an army ant invasion Kevin Kelly on bee?and human?swarming Jonathan Schell on postnuclear insect survival Gary Larson on when insects take over May Berenbaum on maggots and murderers Henry David Thoreau on race wars among the ants Thomas Eisner on stealth bugs David George Gordon on appreciating the lowly cockroach Maurice Maeterlinck on the queen-bee's wedding Edward O. Wilson on insect societies

?plus many other essays, illustrations, cartoons, screenplays, poems, recipes, tales, and observations on insect life.
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Table of contents

Wonders of Creation: Insects Praised. Plagues of Vermin: Insects Reviled. To Conquer the Earth: Insects Take Over. A Cast of Millions on a Fantastic Journey: Mass Movement. The Superorganism: Social Insects. Insect Architecture. Go Forth and Multiply: Mating and Reproduction. Metamorphosis. Symbioses and Mimicry. Lives under the Microscope: Insect Behavior. Acknowledgments. Indexes.
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About Erich Hoyt

ERICH HOYT has written for National Geographic and the New York Times. He is the author of ten books, including The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants. TED SCHULTZ, Ph.D., is an entomologist at the Smithsonian Institution and a former editor of Whole Earth Review.
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