Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs
Random House Publishing Group, 1993 - 276 ページ
Did you know that for every pound of human beings in the world there are estimated to be three hundred pounds of bugs? That 25 percent of all animal species are beetles? That dragonflies can fly sixty miles per hour? That there may be fifty million midges in a single swarm? Whether or not you are curious about insects, Broadsides from the Other Orders is a bewitching mixture of facts of nature and perceptive reflections. The author of A Country Year and A Book of Bees now turns her attention to butterflies, midges and gnats, ladybugs, daddy longlegs, black flies, so-called killer bees, water striders, silverfish, katydids, dragonflies, gypsy moths, syrphid flies, and camel crickets. Aside from the fact that among themselves entomologists call all of them bugs, these insects have little in common; each is unique, plays a distinct role in its own ecosystem, and is as interesting to read about as is the most complex human being. A poll once revealed that 90 percent of all Americans profess to hate bugs, but Sue Hubbell writes with such wonder, affection, authority, and wit about these tiny creatures that any reader of this book will become absorbed by them as well. Her enchantment with them, and with the scientists who study them, some of whom we meet here, is further evidence that, in the words of The New York Times Book Review, "the real masterwork that Sue Hubbell has created is her life".
レビュー - レビューを書く
他の版 - すべて表示
abdomen adult American animals antennae aphids aposematic asked beekeeping behavior biology birds bite black flies black-fly larvae body bravo bees bugs butterflies butterfly count called camel crickets caterpillars Chironomidae collection color copulation cuticle daddy longlegs Dave Dave Nickle Diptera dragonflies eggs entomologists Ernest eyes feed female flowers genus gnats gypsy moths gypsy-moth harvest hatch hives honey honeybees Hubbell insects instars katydids kill killer bees known lady beetles ladybugs larvae learned legs live look male mate mature Medford midges Mike mimicry mimics molt mountains nectar nymphs Opiliones orange oviposit ovipositor Ozarks pair pest plants predators pronotum says sexually silk silkworm silverfish sometimes species specimens spiders spot spraying spread sting summer swarms syrphid flies talk tell terrarium told Torre-Bueno trees trellis Trouvelot walk wasps watch water striders wild word