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Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.

To understand the success of insects is to appreciate our own shortcomings, Eisner tells us, but never has a reckoning been such a pleasure. Recounting exploits and discoveries in his lab at Cornell and in the field in Uruguay, Australia, Panama, Europe, and North America, Eisner time and again demonstrates how inquiry into the survival strategies of an insect leads to clarifications beyond the expected; insects are revealed as masters of achievement, forms of life worthy of study and respect from even the most recalcitrant entomophobe. Filled with descriptions of his ingenious experiments and illustrated with photographs unmatched for their combination of scientific content and delicate beauty, Eisner's book makes readers participants in the grand adventure of discovery on a scale infinitesimally small, and infinitely surprising.

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Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.

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2004 Independent Publisher Book Award, Science Category

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2003 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Biological Science Category

About the Author

Thomas Eisner was J.G. Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University. In 1994 he was awarded the National Medal of Science. His film Secret Weapons won the Grand Award at the New York Film Festival and was named Best Science Film by the British Association for the Advancement of Science.Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Cornell University

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
  • Prologue
  • 1. Bombardier
  • 2. Vinegaroons and Other Wizards
  • 3. Wonders from Wonderland
  • 4. Masters of Deception
  • 5. Ambulatory Spray Guns
  • 6. Tales from the Website
  • 7. The Circumventers
  • 8. The Opportunists
  • 9. The Love Potion
  • 10. The Sweet Smell of Success
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674018273
Foreword:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Foreword:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Author:
Eisner, Thomas
Author:
Wilson, Edward O.
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Science-Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
431 color; 108 halftones, 48 line illust
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 8 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.
"Synopsis" by , 2004 Independent Publisher Book Award, Science Category
"Synopsis" by , 2003 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Biological Science Category
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