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Insect Museum

Close-ups of a miniature universe.This innovative reference explores the fascinating world of insects and allows readers to discover the intricacies of these tiny creatures in a striking and completely original way.Insect Museum features 114 extreme close-up photographs of butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and flies, as well as spiders and centipedes, that allow readers to appreciate fully the subtle esthetics of each insect's form, the delicate texture of its wings and the beauty of its colors.Each full-color plate is accompanied by a thorough description of the insect that includes:
  • The origins of the common name and the significance of the scientific name
  • Details of distribution and habitat
  • Its natural history, with surprising details on the habits and adaptations developed by the insect to survive and reproduce
  • A line drawing that demonstrates the insect's actual size.
There are also more than 330 additional photos that illustrate larvae, ovulation, mating, nutrition and other important aspects of the insect's life cycle. Insect Museum takes readers closer to insects than ever before and ensures they will never look at insects in the same way again.
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Sonia Dourlot is a photographer with the Eco-biology of Parasitoid Insects unit at the University of Rennes, France. She studies the biology of those insects that may be able to assist humans biologically fight insects that are pests.


A visually arresting introduction to insects and spiders... Dourot's striking tome promises active library usage.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/01/2009) Translated from the 2008 French original (published by Editions Larousse), this attractive, oversized volume offers a survey of insects laid out one to a page in superb color photographs that are presented against backgrounds of collecting boxes or naturalist notebook pages so that the reader has the sense of peering into intriguing vitrines in a dusty natural history museum. The facing page tells the natural history of each insect, including the origin of its name, special characteristics, behavior, diet, and status, with frequent inset boxes of related facts that add to the bug's story and allure. Dourlot's gallery of arthropods is a visually arresting introduction to insects and spiders.... Certainly [her] fascination enlivens a text that both marvels about a creature's life cycle and behavior and appreciates its contribution in both sound and sight to the overall natural landscape... Durable both physically and in content, Dourlot's striking tome promises active library usage.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/01/2009)

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