Fabre's Book of Insects

Fabre's Book of Insects


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Fabre's Book of Insects by Jean Henri Fabre

Hailed by Darwin as "The Homer of Insects," famed French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre (1823–1915) devoted hours of rapt attention to insects while they hunted, built nests, and fed their families. Working in Provence, in barren, sun-scorched fields inhabited by countless wasps and bees, he observed their intricate and fascinating world, recounting their activities in simple, beautifully written essays.
This volume, based on translations of Fabre's Souvenirs Entomologiques, blends folklore and mythology with factual explanation. Fabre's absorbing account of the scarab beetle's existence, for example, begins with the ancient Egyptians' symbolic view of this busy creature, eventually leading to a careful discussion of its characteristic method of rolling a carefully sculpted ball of food to its den. Elsewhere, he discusses with infectious enthusiasm the physiologic secrets behind the luminosity of fireflies, the musical talents of the locust, the comfortable home of the field cricket, and the cannibalism of the pious-looking praying mantis, among other topics.
These charmingly related stories of insect life are a rare combination of scientific study and literary classic that will delight entomologists, naturalists, and nature lovers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486401522
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Publication date: 02/06/1998
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 564,547
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
I My Work and My Workshop
II The Sacred Beetle
III The Cicada
IV The Praying Mantis
V The Glow-Worm
VI A Mason-Wasp
VII The Psyches
VIII The Self-Denial of the Spanish Copris
IX Two Strange Grasshoppers
X Common Wasps
XI The Adventures of a Grub
XII The Cricket
XIII The Sisyphus
XIV The Capricorn
XV Locusts
XVI The Anthrax Fly

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Fabre's book of insects 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
B-2 More than 1 year ago
This is a brief example of the works of classic French biologist: series of short essays about common insects. ( Jean-Henry Fabre for entomology ~ like Newton for physics.) Even if you never were interested in bugs, read it for beautiful, elegant, delightful even loving style. Fabre gives volumes of information without a single difficult scientific term. The main shortcoming of the book is absence of illustrations (original Franch editions have great illustrations) which would help the readers with the bugs they might have never seen or paid attention to.