Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World / Edition 1

Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World / Edition 1

by Erich Hoyt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674009525

ISBN-13: 2900674009522

Pub. Date: 11/30/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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,"

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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

ISBN-13:
2900674009522
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368

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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