For Love of Insects

For Love of Insects

by Thomas Eisner
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018273
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
935,147
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(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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