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Insect Lives Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World

ISBN-10: 0674009525
ISBN-13: 9780674009523
Edition: 1999 (Reprint)
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Description: Insects inhabit an often unexamined microcosmos, pursuing lives that are often strange beyond our wildest imaginings. From the dawn of humanity, our six-legged fellow Earthlings have repelled and enthralled us. Humans have exterminated, eaten,  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Insects inhabit an often unexamined microcosmos, pursuing lives that are often strange beyond our wildest imaginings. From the dawn of humanity, our six-legged fellow Earthlings have repelled and enthralled us. Humans have exterminated, eaten, domesticated, and even excommunicated insects. We collect them, we curse them, and we have penned a surprising body of literature about them. Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World offers an entertaining and informative survey of the human fascination, dreadful and otherwise, with insects diabolical and divine, from accounts in the Bible and Aristotle to the writings of Charles Darwin and the great nineteenth-century naturalists sending home accounts from the rain forest. Highlighted here are observations from E. O. Wilson, Jean-Henri Fabreacute;, David Quammen, May Berenbaum, Roger Swain, William Wordsworth, A. S. Byatt, Gary Larson and more than sixty other writers who tell of the mystery and romance of that other, hidden world beneath our feet and beyond our rolled-up newspapers.

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Creatures of the Deep, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Meeting the Whales, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives, Hoyt lives in Scotland.

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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