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Encyclopedia of Insects Hardcover – Jun 17 2009

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2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

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Bugs for All April 5 2014
By Robert Plautz - Published on Amazon.com
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Non-specialists please beware: You may find this book extremely interesting. Let's see: there's the Bristletails, who have the MOST UNIQUE REPRODUCTION METHOD IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, Bugs in Movies, where you will learn that JIMINY CRICKET is "MORE LIKE A DAPPER ELF" THAN ANY BUG KNOWN, about how CHEMICALS IN THE CUTICLE (a good name for a band) are generally SPECIES-SPECIFIC, about how MOST COCKROACH SPECIES are NOT HARMFUL to humans, and so on and on. With the glossary and photos and drawings, you can follow a lot of things. Beware of TECHNICAL TERMS, YOU MAY HAVE TO LEARN THEM! The items and actions identified by each specific term add up to a compendium of "WOW-NESS": each evolved insect turns out a complicated and beautiful creature. This is a record of human endeavour at its best, and of Life on Planet Earth at its most rich and amazing. (And entomologists never use ANNOYING CAPITAL LETTER STRINGS.)
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Bought for my brother for his birthday June 21 2014
By Jennifer Finlayson - Published on Amazon.com
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As a bug enthusiast, he was so surprised and happy to get it. He said that it was on his wish list.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very technical. More photos would be helpful. Jan. 22 2010
By Dog Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband was pleased to receive this book for Christmas. He has enjoyed reading less technical books on insects in the past.

I was initially disappointed because there are very few color photographs in the book. Other than that, it is very thorough and my husband has the background to understand and appreciate the information presented.

It is a very large, heavy book and not at all practical as a field guide.
Five Stars Jan. 25 2015
By Becky Byers - Published on Amazon.com
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Really nice book. Grandson loved it.
Awesome, thorough and informative! Dec 4 2014
By Matthew S. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome, thorough and informative!