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In a Desert Garden: Love and Death Among the Insects

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With canny insight and bone-dry wit, John Alcock, a specialist in the ecology of the American Southwest, introduces us to the lives and loves of desert insects as they forage through his backyard oasis. Creating his own desert garden behind his suburban home in Tempe, Arizona, Alcock scrutinizes every square inch of soil detailing the exotic plant life he finds and offering tips on its peccadilloes and preservation. The true heroes of this story, however, are the bugs of Alcock's backyard. We are drawn into complex plots almost biblical in nature of life and love, survival and death. Two male earwigs caught in each other's pincers battle for a prized female. A female mantis finishes copulating, beheads her mate, and cannibalizes his body for its precious protein. With each detail, Alcock pieces together the entire ecosystem of his desert paradise. Always amusing and instructive, and sometimes dramatic, provides an eye-opening meditation on the joys of planting, weeding, pruning, and, most of all, bug-hunting.

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An elegant combination of meticulous science and nature reverie that draws its reader into the diverse, competitive, and even seductive world of desert plants and insects.

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John Alcock makes desert biology pure fun.The real charm of Mr. Alcock . . . is that he shows us that scientific cognition isn't the only way to experience a glorious ecosystem.

Synopsis:

John Alcock, a specialist in the ecology of the American Southwest, introduces us to the lives and loves of desert insects as they forage through his backyard oasis. Two male earwigs caught in each other's pincers battle for a prized female. A female mantis finishes copulating, beheads her mate, and cannibalizes his body for its precious protein. Soaring above, a retinue of drone honey bees pursue their queen on her nuptial flight. The one who succeeds in mating with her will fertilize up to ten thousand eggs. With each gritty detail, Alcock pieces together the entire ecosystem of his desert paradise. We discover the chains of survival that link species - how a simple compost heap becomes a complex ecology of beetles, wasps, worms, and birds.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-175) and index.

About the Author

John Alcockis professor of zoology at Arizona State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393041187
Author:
Forsyth, Turid
Author:
Forsyth, Turid
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Regional
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Desert ecology
Subject:
Desert animals
Subject:
Desert gardening
Subject:
Garden ecology.
Subject:
Garden ecology -- Arizona -- Tempe.
Subject:
Regional - General
Subject:
Insects - Behavior - Arizona - Tempe
Subject:
Desert animals - Behavior - Arizona - Tempe
Subject:
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Gardening-Zone and Climate Specific
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
195
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10.4 x 7.8 x 0.8 in 1.44 lb

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Product details 192 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393041187 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An elegant combination of meticulous science and nature reverie that draws its reader into the diverse, competitive, and even seductive world of desert plants and insects.
"Synopsis" by , John Alcock makes desert biology pure fun.The real charm of Mr. Alcock . . . is that he shows us that scientific cognition isn't the only way to experience a glorious ecosystem.
"Synopsis" by , John Alcock, a specialist in the ecology of the American Southwest, introduces us to the lives and loves of desert insects as they forage through his backyard oasis. Two male earwigs caught in each other's pincers battle for a prized female. A female mantis finishes copulating, beheads her mate, and cannibalizes his body for its precious protein. Soaring above, a retinue of drone honey bees pursue their queen on her nuptial flight. The one who succeeds in mating with her will fertilize up to ten thousand eggs. With each gritty detail, Alcock pieces together the entire ecosystem of his desert paradise. We discover the chains of survival that link species - how a simple compost heap becomes a complex ecology of beetles, wasps, worms, and birds.
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