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Extraordinary Insects: TheFabulous, Indispensable Creatures Who Run Our World

Extraordinary Insects: TheFabulous, Indispensable Creatures Who Run Our World


(Genre: Life Science/Entomology)

Working quietly but tirelessly, they give us food, uphold our ecosystems, can heal our wounds and even digest plastic. They could also provide us with new solutions to the antibiotics crisis, assist in disaster zones and inspire airforce engineers with their flying techniques.


A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small but mighty creatures we cant live without.Insects influence our ecosystem like a ripple effect on water. They arrived when life first moved to dry land, they preceded and survived the dinosaurs, they outnumber the grains of sand on all the worlds beaches, and they will be here long after us.

But their private lives are also full of fun, intrigue and wonder. Here, we will discover life and death, drama and dreams, all on a millimetric scale. Like it or not, Earth is the planet of insects, and this is their extraordinary story.


  • PRODUCT INFO (Hardcover)

    ISBN: 9781982112882
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Language: English
    Page Count: 235
    Publication Date: 7/7/2020
    Size: 8.50" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" 
    Author Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne

    This enthusiastic, witty, and informative introduction to the world of insects and why we could not survive without them is “a joy” (The Times, London) and “charming...Highlighting them in all their buzzing, stinging, biting glory” (The New York Times Book Review).

    "Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson writes about insects with such enthusiasm and affection, you’ll wish you were an entomologist!  But it’s never too late to develop a love for bugs, and Extraordinary Insects is the perfect guide—filled with surprising, fascinating, and often extremely funny stories.”– Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

    “Charming. . . . Sverdrup-Thygeson strives to make you like insects, too, highlighting them in all their buzzing, stinging, biting glory.”– Sam Kean, The New York Times Book Review

    “We live on the planet of insects, and Sverdrup-Thygeson"" brings it to life in this sharp, good-humored presentation. . . . A classy and brightly informative appreciation of insects—all you could ask for in a popular natural history.”– Kirkus Reviews

    “Insects — from jewel beetles to stink bugs — present an embarrassment of riches, as ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson spectacularly proves. She tours their anatomy, reproduction and more, delivering a hail of facts with brio and precision.”– Barbara Kiser,

    "Sverdrup-Thygeson is a lively, witty, and discerning guide through the scientific lore surrounding some of the tiniest—though still very powerful—organisms on Earth."– Michael Berry, Sierra Club Magazine

    "A cornucopia of fascinating insights that paint a portrait of the deep interconnectedness of human culture with our six-legged friends."– Lynn Dicks, Science

    “[Sverdrup-Thygeson] guides us round a huge cabinet of curiosities, and is the best kind of teacher. The stories she tells are so strange and absorbing that we don’t notice that we’re being systematically educated. . . . She has a serious purpose, and succeeds magnificently.” – Charles Foster, The Evening Standard (UK)

    "A very enthusiastic look at the flying, crawling, stinging bug universe world, and why we should cherish it."– John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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