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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.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
Awesome, thorough and informative! Dec 4 2014
By Matthew S. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome, thorough and informative!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Study of insects is fabulous Sept. 6 2012
By Isaac Ho - Published on Amazon.com
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I am always interested in Entomology ever since I've developed the techniques to photograph them on a macroscopic level. I was further inspired by coming in association and working closely with the late Dr. Tho Yow Pong, Forest Entomogist of the Malaysian Forest Research Institute. We even planned to jointly produce a book about common Malaysian insects. In between the years of our closed association, we produced lots of color slides and even jointly presented an insect lecture at the annual Malaysian Nature Society meeting at the Museum Negara. Dr. Tho had helped me by lending me books on entomology so that I was aware of the subjects that I approached for photography in the depths of the rich Malaysian Rainforests. The last time I met Dr. Tho was when he came to visit me in Vancouver and brought me a gift of a book on the Endau-Rompin expedition which he took part. Thus, in fondest memory of a wonderful friend and former colleague - Dr. Tho Yow Pong of Malaysia - I have decided to buy this book for reference and to remember him who once taught and guided me in the intricacies of entomology. This interest last to this day when I am still actively photographing insects in the forest around Vancouver in which I made it my home. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this authoritative book to those who are interested in entomlogy.


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