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Flies in the Face of Fashion, Mites Make Right, and Other Bugdacious Tales

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If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the "Bug Bowl" guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-legged kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. How does insect suturing work? Which insect did the ancient Egyptians worship as a god? What did Ogden Nash have to say about termites? Which insect produces "Turkey Red" dye? What bug has survived for 300 million years? How does a horse fly manage to fly without its head? Each tale is easily accessible, provides fun and scientific facts, and is self-contained. Juveniles and adults alike will be fascinated with the world of Turpin's bugs. The nicely illustrated collection won't give you ants in your pants, but just might put a flea in your ear.

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The puns are delicious, and apparently so are the subjects. Turpin (entomology, Purdue U.), founder of the famous "Bug Bowl," in which the aforesaid critters pull tractors and serve as both appetizer and entrée, notes that bugs have been on earth about 350 times longer than humans. He explores the relationships between them, including the service of bugs in medicine (maggots, anyone?) and the propensity of the humans to keep bugs as pets, then follows with short observations neatly arrayed as lepidoptera (why a moth is not a butterfly), hymenoptera (dancing bees, picnicking ants and talented hornets), diptera (deer flies are not dear flies), and various homoptera, isoptera and even an orthoptera or two. He offers a collection on insect biology (some are schizophrenic but good at striptease) and another on ecology. The result is accessible, informative, and just slightly crunchy. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the Bug Bowl guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-legged kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. How do

About the Author

Dr. Tom Turpin is the creator of Purdue University's "Bug Bowl," a celebration of insect antics that annually draws more than 12,000 visitors who come to munch on bug stir-fry, to take part in cricket-spitting contests, and to cheer on tractor-pulling creepy crawlers at Roach Hill Downs. He is a professor of entomology at Purdue's College of Agriculture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557534170
Author:
Turpin, Tom
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7.28x6.02x.69 in. .71 lbs.

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History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Entomology and General Invertebrates
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Zoology » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Insects » Entomology

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