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Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. the Ones Who Run Our World.

Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. the Ones Who Run Our World. (Hardback, edition)

By Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne

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A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small but mighty creatures who keep the world turning. When Charles Darwin declared that the brain of an ant was perhaps more marvellous than the brain of man he had only scratched the surface of how instrumen...tal insects are in explaining the history - and the future - of the Earth, and humans' existence within in. Out of sight, underfoot, unseen beyond fleeting scuttles or darting flights, insects occupy a hidden world, yet are essential to sustaining our entire natural landscape. Weird, wonderful, astonishing insects work quietly and tirelessly to complete the eternal and crucial circle of life and death on Earth. Bark beetles throw parties in the fermenting sap; termites cultivate fungi for food; ants farm lice for honey dew; flour beetle larva digest plastic; blowfly larva heal wounds; and all ensure that what is dead is decomposed, ready to become life once again. But their private lives are also full of fun, intrigue and wonder - from musical mating rituals to house hunting for armies of beetle babies, developing flying techniques that inspire the US air force and metamorphosing into entirely new characters. Insects influence our ecosystem like a ripple effect on water. They were here when life first moved to dry land, they preceded - and survived - the dinosaurs, and they will be here long after us. After reading this extraordinary book you might think again before swatting a fly or squashing an ant...
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ISBN 9780008316358
Released AU 15 Apr 2019
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback, edition
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ISBN-13 9780008316358
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Mudlark
Released 15 Apr 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, edition
Edition edition
Author(s) By Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne
Category Dinosaurs & The Prehistoric World
Natural History: Insects & Spiders
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 141mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 595.7
Weight 500g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Insects - Popular works, Evolution Biology - Popular works
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade