Jungle Bugs: Masters of Camouflage and Mimicry

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During roughly 400 million years on this planet, one million species of insects have developed with a great diversity of shape and color to protect them from predators.

Bruce Purser spent years traveling through tropical forests studying insects and photographing their ongoing quest for survival as they blended into tree trunks and imitated sticks, leaves, other bugs, and even bird droppings. Taken in exotic locales including French Guyana, the Peruvian Amazon, Malaysia, Kenya, ...

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Overview

During roughly 400 million years on this planet, one million species of insects have developed with a great diversity of shape and color to protect them from predators.

Bruce Purser spent years traveling through tropical forests studying insects and photographing their ongoing quest for survival as they blended into tree trunks and imitated sticks, leaves, other bugs, and even bird droppings. Taken in exotic locales including French Guyana, the Peruvian Amazon, Malaysia, Kenya, Morocco, and Venezuela, his dazzling photographs are accompanied by thoughtful text as he traces the insects' efforts to hide from or scare off their predators.

In this charming and informative book:

  • Explore the dangerous and little-known world of insects
  • Experience exotic tropic tours
  • Discover animal behavior in lively and understandable language
  • Find out how a good disguise or a good impersonation can make the difference between life and death in the animal world

Stunning color photographs reveal insect secrets that we would never get a chance to observe ourselves: such as a harmless moth that looks exactly like a stinging wasp or an inoffensive butterfly that's protected from predators because its coloring is almost identical to that of a highly poisonous variety.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Nancy Bent
Reveals the amazing ways insects hide from their predators ... beautifully illustrated with the author's photos.
Chicago Sun Newspapers - Linda Piwowarczyk
Purser's text and 300 dramatic color photos offer entertaining content for the curious adult.
Choice - K. Fescemyer
The most beautiful entomological photographs that this reviewer has seen in 12 years as an entomologist and 15 years as a librarian ... This unique treasure is the result of more than 30 years of entomological photography ... text is clearly written ... an excellent addition to any library. Summing Up: Essential.
Science Books and Films - Paul P. Shubeck
Excellent comparisons between insect camouflage and mimicry... superb color photographs help to make reading the book a real pleasure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552976630
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,430,348
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Purser spent the first ten years of his life on a sheep farm in New Zealand where he developed his lifelong fascination with insects. He trained as a geologist, which led him to the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. He visited many tropical forests, notably those of South America. In the 1970s he moved from collecting insects to photographing them.

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