Fireflies, Honey, and Silk

Fireflies, Honey, and Silk

by Gilbert Waldbauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520268075

ISBN-13: 9780520268074

Pub. Date: 12/07/2010

Publisher: University of California Press


The ink our ancestors wrote with, the beeswax in altar candles, the honey on our toast, the silk we wear. This enchanting book is a highly entertaining exploration of the myriad ways insects have enriched our lives–culturally, economically, and aesthetically. Entomologist and writer Gilbert Waldbauer describes in loving, colorful detail how many of the

Overview


The ink our ancestors wrote with, the beeswax in altar candles, the honey on our toast, the silk we wear. This enchanting book is a highly entertaining exploration of the myriad ways insects have enriched our lives–culturally, economically, and aesthetically. Entomologist and writer Gilbert Waldbauer describes in loving, colorful detail how many of the valuable products insects have given us are made, how they were discovered, and how they have been used through time and across cultures. Along the way, he takes us on a captivating ramble through many far-flung corners of history, mythology, poetry, literature, medicine, ecology, forensics, and more. Enlivened with personal anecdotes from Waldbauer's distinguished career as an entomologist, the book also describes surprising everyday encounters we all experience that were made possible by insects. From butterfly gardens and fly-fishing to insects as jewelry and sex pheromones, this is an eye-opening ode to the wonder of insects that illuminates our extraordinary and essential relationship with the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520268074
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,015,296
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Note
Introduction

I. Insects People Like
II. The Silk We Wear
III. Dyeing the Cloth
IV. Baubles, Bracelets, and Anklets
V. Candles, Shellac, and Sealing Wax
VI. Paper and Ink
VII. Butterflies in Your Tummy
VIII. Satisfying the Sweet Tooth
IX. Cures and Nostrums
X. Insect Pets and Performers

Epilogue. The Ecological Context
Selected References
Acknowledgments
Index

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