Synopses & Reviews
The gossamer wings of a dragonfly, the scarlet carapace of the lady beetle, the spectacular shape of the hawkmoth. The insect world teems with exotic forms and inspired renowned devotion in illustrators of the late 19th century. In a volume as jewel-like as its subject, The Anatomy of Insects and Spiders presents page after page of select engravings, woodcuts, and drawings from the Victorian era, the golden age of insect illustration. Meticulously rendered, they are paired with observations from early naturalists. The notes may describe the classification of the insect, how its body is constructed, its behavior and preferences, or its habitat. Arranged by insect type and covering all the families from bees and moths to ants and flies, The Anatomy of Insects and Spiders reveals detail that is normally seen only under a microscope. A natural for admirers of insect society, this charming volume is both a distinctive introduction and lively armchair companion.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 280-281) and index.
About the Author
Claire Beverley is an entomologist currently working on her PhD at Christ Church University College in Canterbury, UK. She is a member of the Royal Entomological Society.
Dr. David Ponsonby is a senior lecturer in biology at Canterbury Christ Church University College. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London.