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Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World

Erich Hoyt (Editor), Ted Schultz (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-28277-8
360 pages
October 1999
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A Wonderful Journey into the Insect World through Literature, Science, Art, and Popular Culture Aristotle on metamorphosis
* Alfred Russel Wallace on the rare butterflies of the Malay Archipelago
* Jean-Henri Fabre on the art of the dung beetle
* Dave Barry on naming the U.S. Official National Insect
* Charles Darwin on seagoing insects
* William Beebe on an army ant invasion
* Kevin Kelly on bee and human swarming
* Jonathan Schell on postnuclear insect survival
* Gary Larson on when insects take over
* May Berenbaum on maggots and murderers
* Henry David Thoreau on race wars among the ants
* Thomas Eisner on stealth bugs
* David George Gordon on appreciating the lowly cockroach
* Maurice Maeterlinck on the queen-bee s wedding
* Edward O. Wilson on insect societies

plus many other essays, illustrations, cartoons, screenplays, poems, recipes, tales, and observations on insect life.
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Table of Contents

Wonders of Creation: Insects Praised.

Plagues of Vermin: Insects Reviled.

To Conquer the Earth: Insects Take Over.

A Cast of Millions on a Fantastic Journey: Mass Movement.

The Superorganism: Social Insects.

Insect Architecture.

Go Forth and Multiply: Mating and Reproduction.


Symbioses and Mimicry.

Lives under the Microscope: Insect Behavior.


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Author Information

ERICH HOYT has written for National Geographic and the New York Times. He is the author of ten books, including The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants. TED SCHULTZ, Ph.D., is an entomologist at the Smithsonian Institution and a former editor of Whole Earth Review.
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