Insects live alongside us in great profusion. Their importance to the ecosystems of our world, and to our own survival, cannot be overstated. But it can be challenging to relate to them as fellow living beings when their bodies structure and function are so dramatically different from our own. This excellent guide to insect anatomy aims to demystify the way that insects live, from the fine detail of their internal processes to the way they co-exist with all other forms of life. Insects exhibit dizzying diversity across their millions of species. Among them are mighty hunters, voracious plant defoliators, deep divers, high-fliers, master builders and devoted parents. Within the vast nests of honey-bees, ants and termites, we see them come together to form a huge, complex, multifaceted living machine. All this variation and potential has come about through evolved modification of a simple but perfectly elegant body plan. Each chapter of this book tackles a particular body system or aspect of insect biology, from respiration to digestion, movement to metamorphosis. Using a step-by-step approach, the book breaks down structures and processes and explores the myriad ways these are expressed in different insect groups. Separate pages delve into particular aspects of insect biology and ecology, such as how their colours are formed and the biology behind their remarkable migratory behaviour.
Marianne Taylor is a birdwatcher, dragonfly-finder and mammal-seeker from Kent, England. She has written more than twenty books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects, many illustrated with her own artwork or photographs. She also writes for magazines and newspapers, including The Independent, BBC Wildlife, Country Life, Nature’s Home (RSPB members’ magazine) and The Lady.
* A specially-commissioned range of beautiful and intricate anatomical illustrations with comprehensive annotation and analysis.
* Reveals the function and inner workings of the insect world, providing in-depth technical understanding of insects and their anatomy.
* Features species from all around the world.
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