As with Flora and Birds, Bugs is not a biological guide but a richly illustrated cultural one, seen through the eyes of writers, musicians, artists and naturalists. The book is structured along a roughly evolving path, from simple cell life-forms; amoeba, worms, crustaceans (proof, say the authors, of just how far you can go on very little) to bugs we all might recognise; spiders, butterflies, bees and back into the water to meet molluscs and 'almost-fish'.
The book works so triumphantly because author Peter Marren has examined bugs in the dusty corners of our houses and gardens as well as traversing mountains, lakes and fields. In addition to the fascinating habits of the bug world, he also includes the eccentric behaviour of the bug obsessives themselves.
- ISBN: 9780701181802
- Author(s): Peter Marren
- Stock Code: 1181802
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 512
- Published: 2010
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The extreme close-ups of insects, spiders and other invertebrates illustrate a hidden fauna of alien-looking critters. Many people see these creatures as creepy and revolting if they even notice them at all, but viewing these tiny animals through a macro lens presents them in an entirely new light. How many people have actually seen the 'face' of a tiny jumping spider, or the beautiful compound eyes of a female horsefly? This remarkable book will help people to appreciate the beauty of nature's smaller creatures. It covers everything from warning patterns and camouflage to mimicry and many other unbelievable adaptations. The incredible photography is supported by informative extended captions detailing the subjects and in some cases explaining how the images were taken.
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