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The Science times book of insects
Wade, Nicholas.
Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, [1998]

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viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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QL463 .S46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Over the course of evolution, insects have learned to live in every extremity of the earth, from the scorching sands of the Sahara to the snow-mantled wastelands of Antarctica, and have inhabited the planet three thousand times longer than humans. Collected here are the most curious and entertaining articles on the world of insects from award-winning New York Times writers, including Natalie Angier, William K. Stevens, Jane E. Brody, Malcolm W. Browne, and Carol Kaesuk Yoon. Such wonders are revealed as the deadly love affairs of an Australian spider; the aerodynamic secrets of insect flight as demonstrated by a giant, smoke-spewing moth; and the industrious fungus-farming, leaf-cutting ants of the Amazon. From the mysterious monarch butterfly to the lowly dung beetle, there is much for humans to learn from these ancient survivors.

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Booklist Review

Before mashing that six-legged arthropod running for a dark corner, consider its place in the world and the hard time it has surviving. If the fugitive is a cockroach, probably no article about it in the New York Times science section could deter a reader from stomping on it; but reprieve is possible if the article concerns insects people like, such as monarch butterflies. The lives of both of these critters and dozens more fly and crawl through this collection, which continues a series whose previous topics were evolution and the human brain. Many of the insects profiled are familiar from casual experience: mosquitoes, dragonflies, and cicadas (for eating, a recipe from Japan is offered). Others are known but to entomologists, such as the ever quotable E. O. Wilson, who have found intriguing strategies that insects have evolved for survival and reproduction--including a spider species whose males offer a meal to their mates: themselves. Yuck! But readers will be delightfully horrified by the strange behaviors in this fine collection. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)1558217029Gilbert Taylor