For Love of Insects

For Love of Insects

by Thomas Eisner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674018273

ISBN-13: 9780674018273

Pub. Date: 10/24/2005

Publisher: Harvard

Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its

Overview

Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.

To understand the success of insects is to appreciate our own shortcomings, Eisner tells us, but never has a reckoning been such a pleasure. Recounting exploits and discoveries in his lab at Cornell and in the field in Uruguay, Australia, Panama, Europe, and North America, Eisner time and again demonstrates how inquiry into the survival strategies of an insect leads to clarifications beyond the expected; insects are revealed as masters of achievement, forms of life worthy of study and respect from even the most recalcitrant entomophobe. Filled with descriptions of his ingenious experiments and illustrated with photographs unmatched for their combination of scientific content and delicate beauty, Eisner's book makes readers participants in the grand adventure of discovery on a scale infinitesimally small, and infinitely surprising.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018273
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,256,659
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
  • Prologue
  • 1. Bombardier
  • 2. Vinegaroons and Other Wizards
  • 3. Wonders from Wonderland
  • 4. Masters of Deception
  • 5. Ambulatory Spray Guns
  • 6. Tales from the Website
  • 7. The Circumventers
  • 8. The Opportunists
  • 9. The Love Potion
  • 10. The Sweet Smell of Success
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits

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