Backyard Biology

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For Love of Insects

Friday, May 8, 2009

Insects that squirt boiling liquid. Insects that tie up their enemies with their hairs. Insects that hide in their own feces. Insects that bleed poisonous blood when attacked. Insects who drink that poisonous blood and use it for their own protection.
You gotta love insects. And you gotta love this book. Dr. Thomas Eisner is that special breed of scientist that not only knows his subject but is also a great writer. This book draws on over 50 years of experimenting with insects to tease out their secrets. One of my personal favorites.




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