Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World

Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World

by Marlene Zuk
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Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NoraMM More than 1 year ago
Put aside your feelings about insects, and pick up this book. You will be intrigued and even fascinated by Marlene Zuk's vivid, detailed discussions of the world of insects, a world that is all around us but that most of us pay no attention to unless we're forced to do so. The book's subtitle is no hyperbole; the descriptions of insect behavior do provide insights into things like intelligence, learning, sex roles, genetics and language, and lead to questions about exactly what it is that makes us think humans are unique among all the species of animals on earth. This well-researched book shines a light on army ants and crickets, dung beetles and honeybees, parasitic wasps and water striders, but never without a context that makes the insects and their behavior understandable as well as bizarre (and some of the behaviors are really bizarre). Reading this book, you begin to realize that the creepiest aliens you've ever seen in science fiction movies don't begin to display the vast varieties of behavior and appearance that insects do. But the best part of the book, in my opinion, is the writing. Zuk manages to bring not only these different insects to vivid life, but she also manages to bring to life the scientists who study them. And her writing is surprisingly funny, dry and droll, the kind of writing where you find yourself reading passages aloud to all and sundry. If you're interested in insects, you're probably already reading this book. But if you think insects are gross, you should still give this book a try. It might change your mind.
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barbara robinson More than 1 year ago
Eww!