Insects Revealed: Monsters or Marvels?

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"We need the Jacques de Tonnancours of the world to bring little-noticed but common beauty to our attention. And, perhaps, through beauty, to engage us more fully with the world around us.."—from the Foreword by Sue Hubbell

Insects Revealed is a richly illustrated expression of the author's love for his subjects. Jacques de Tonnancour's gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text will appeal to anyone who already admires insects, and will convince the curious to learn more. Readers will share the author's ...

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Overview

"We need the Jacques de Tonnancours of the world to bring little-noticed but common beauty to our attention. And, perhaps, through beauty, to engage us more fully with the world around us.."—from the Foreword by Sue Hubbell

Insects Revealed is a richly illustrated expression of the author's love for his subjects. Jacques de Tonnancour's gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text will appeal to anyone who already admires insects, and will convince the curious to learn more. Readers will share the author's fascination with and delight about a wide range of insects found throughout the world, especially in the tropics.

Twenty years ago, De Tonnancour ended his career as a respected painter of natural history subjects to dedicate himself to photographing the creatures that have fascinated him since childhood. He has traveled the globe in search of rare insects. This book features his splendid portraits of individuals of many species and displays the knowledge he has gathered: the ecology, behavior, defensive strategies, anatomy, and evolution of insects. Throughout, de Tonnancour's clear, elegant, and sensitive language casts a spell as he conveys accurate scientific information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801440236
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: 8/27/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
1 Insects and the Human Imagination 17
2 Fascination: An Expanded Concept of Beauty 33
3 The Classification of Living Things: An Intellectual Need 39
4 The Origins of Insects 43
5 Up Close: Insect Morphology 49
6 Insects and Temperature 71
7 Continental Drift and the Spread of Insects Throughout the World 77
8 The Evolution of Insects in Tropical Regions 91
9 Ecological Niches 109
10 Insects and Plants 115
11 Insects and Their Coloration 121
12 Insects' Defense Strategies 135
13 The Strange Need to Collect 153
Glossary 159
References 160
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