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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is an authoritative reference in a breathtakingly beautiful volume, one that will leave every reader with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and — yes — fondness for these amazing creatures and their place in nature. In terms of numbers, beetles are the most successful creatures on earth: about 350,000 species of beetles have been described since 1758. They range from tiny to gigantic, occupy sundry habitats, and eat everything — plants, animals, and their own remains. An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles provides an engaging look at these magnificent yet poorly understood creatures and highlights the absolutely essential role they play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. And, as this book beautifully demonstrates, the aesthetics of beetle design are amazing. The fantastic colors and shapes of these creatures warrant the gorgeous color photography lavished on them in this book.

Review:

"An authoritative reference volume resplendently illustrated with line drawings and color photographs." Nature

Review:

"Here is the non-specialist's chance to be inspired. Evans' and Bellamy's journey through beetle ecology is everywhere enhanced by Watson's bright pictures of some of nature's most exquisite creatures. Seek fondness, yes; find wonder and awe." BBC Wildlife Magazine

Review:

"This beautiful book...recounts not only the natural history of beetles but the human history of them as well. The best thing about this book, however, is the photographs. The specimens are more beautiful than nearly anything made by man, and proof not only of God's fondness for these creatures but also of His exquisite good taste." Washington Post

Review:

"These two scientists not only display some of the most spectacular specimens, but also give fascinating accounts of the strange life cycles and morphologies of these often ignored arthropods." E Magazine

Review:

"'Beetles rarely elicit from us the feelings of sympathy we easily afford cute and cuddly vertebrates,' the authors lament. So they have advanced an agenda of 'beetlephilia,' a scientific appreciation of the importance of beetles to the global ecosystem and a personal feeling that, by gosh, beetles sure are fascinating. They build a good case. Beetles — more precisely, insects belonging to the order Coleoptera — make up a hefty 20 percent of all known biological species and display a dazzling array of behavioral and morphological adaptations. The book's playfully artistic photographs give those facts and figures a rare visual grounding." Scientific American

Synopsis:

A reference guide to beetles, this text provides a look at these poorly understood creatures and highlights the absolutely essential role they play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. It also demonstrates the amazing aesthetics of beetle design.

Synopsis:

This authoritative reference provides an engaging look at these magnificent yet poorly understood creatures and highlights the essential role beetles play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. Color photos.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-203) and index.

About the Author

Arthur V. Evans is a free-lance author and photographer living in Richmond, VA. Charles L. Bellamy works for the Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Calif.

Dept. of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento. Lisa Charles Watson is an award-winning photographer who works in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520223233
Other:
Watson, Lisa Charles
Author:
Watson, Lisa Charles
Author:
Evans, Arthur V.
Author:
Bellamy, Charles L.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
Beetles
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
8868
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
98 color illustrations, 27 line drawings
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11 x 9 x 0.63 in 2.01 lb

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Product details 208 pages University of California Press - English 9780520223233 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An authoritative reference volume resplendently illustrated with line drawings and color photographs."
"Review" by , "Here is the non-specialist's chance to be inspired. Evans' and Bellamy's journey through beetle ecology is everywhere enhanced by Watson's bright pictures of some of nature's most exquisite creatures. Seek fondness, yes; find wonder and awe."
"Review" by , "This beautiful book...recounts not only the natural history of beetles but the human history of them as well. The best thing about this book, however, is the photographs. The specimens are more beautiful than nearly anything made by man, and proof not only of God's fondness for these creatures but also of His exquisite good taste."
"Review" by , "These two scientists not only display some of the most spectacular specimens, but also give fascinating accounts of the strange life cycles and morphologies of these often ignored arthropods."
"Review" by , "'Beetles rarely elicit from us the feelings of sympathy we easily afford cute and cuddly vertebrates,' the authors lament. So they have advanced an agenda of 'beetlephilia,' a scientific appreciation of the importance of beetles to the global ecosystem and a personal feeling that, by gosh, beetles sure are fascinating. They build a good case. Beetles — more precisely, insects belonging to the order Coleoptera — make up a hefty 20 percent of all known biological species and display a dazzling array of behavioral and morphological adaptations. The book's playfully artistic photographs give those facts and figures a rare visual grounding."
"Synopsis" by , A reference guide to beetles, this text provides a look at these poorly understood creatures and highlights the absolutely essential role they play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. It also demonstrates the amazing aesthetics of beetle design.
"Synopsis" by , This authoritative reference provides an engaging look at these magnificent yet poorly understood creatures and highlights the essential role beetles play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. Color photos.
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