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A Walk around the Pond
     

A Walk around the Pond

by Gilbert WALDBAUER
 

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In his hallmark companionable style, Gilbert Waldbauer introduces us to the aquatic insects that have colonized ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers, especially those in North America. Along the way we learn about the diverse forms these arthropods take, as well as their remarkable modes of life. While learning about the evolution, natural history, and ecology of these

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In his hallmark companionable style, Gilbert Waldbauer introduces us to the aquatic insects that have colonized ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers, especially those in North America. Along the way we learn about the diverse forms these arthropods take, as well as their remarkable modes of life. While learning about the evolution, natural history, and ecology of these insects, readers also discover more than a little about the scientists who study them.

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Library Journal
Though the title implies it, this book is not a quaint romp around the pond; it is an entertaining yet highly accurate and informative account of the lives of aquatic insects. Familiar as they are, their lives take bizarre turns unknown to most laypeople. In 11 engaging chapters, Waldbauer (entomology, emeritus, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; What Good Are Bugs?) conducts a broad survey of aquatic insects, from giant water bugs that lay their eggs on their mates' backs to minute parasitic wasps that swim with their wings and lay their eggs on other aquatic insects. He discusses the origin and evolution of insects, which preceded the dinosaurs by 200 million years; tours aquatic insect habitats, from streams to pitcher plants; describes the ingenious methods by which aquatic insects breathe, eat, move, and reproduce; details their varied defense and survival mechanisms; and explains why predators and parasites are important. This book is sure to fascinate not only interested lay readers but also entomologists. Recommended for high school level and up.-Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674044777
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
494 KB

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This book is a good deal more than just 'a walk around the pond.' Even readers who have studied aquatic insects for many years will find much that is new and interesting in these pages. The book is a total immersion in the lives of these amazing insects and the creatures, including ourselves, who interact with them.
Sy Montgomery
With breathtaking wonders on every page, A Walk around the Pond will change forever how we think of some of our commonest insects--and indeed, how we think about the almost unimaginably strange and thrilling planet we also, too often, take for granted. This book belongs on every naturalist's bookshelf. --(Sy Montgomery, columnist and author of The Curious Naturalist)
Sidney W. Dunkle
This book is a good deal more than just 'a walk around the pond.' Even readers who have studied aquatic insects for many years will find much that is new and interesting in these pages. The book is a total immersion in the lives of these amazing insects and the creatures, including ourselves, who interact with them. --(Sidney W. Dunkle, author of Dragonflies through Binoculars)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Waldbauer is Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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