WHAT’S BUGGING YOU?
A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate
by Arthur V. Evans
2008, 174 pages, 6 b/w line drawings. Contains 50 engaging vignettes on the lives of the six-legged creatures whose world we share. The celebrated nature writer and entomologist suggests we take a closer look at our slapped-at, stepped-on, and otherwise ignored cohabitants who vastly outnumner us. Evan’s search for insects takes him to an assortment of locations, ranging from sandy beaches preferred by a threatened tiger beetle to shady, leaf-strewn forest floors where a centipede digs its brood chamber, and to a busy road where he must dodge traffic to photograph a spider wasp as it claims its paralyzed prey.
The stories also provide a unique window on the cycles of nature. What Evans refer to as the FBI–fungus, bacteria, insects–are the chief agents in decomposition and a vital part of regeneration. Evans also takes on issues concerning humans’ almost always destructive interaction with insect life, such as excessive mowing and clearing of wood that robs wildlife of its food and habitat, as well as bug zappers that kill everything but mosquitoes. Hardcover; 5-3/4 x 8-3/4″.
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