An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is an authoritative reference in a breathtakingly beautiful volume, one that will leave every reader with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and--yes--fondness for these amazing creatures and their place in nature. In terms of numbers, beetles are the most successful creatures on earth: about 350,000 species of beetles have been described since 1758. They range from tiny to gigantic, occupy sundry habitats, and eat everything--plants, animals, and their own remains. An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles provides an engaging look at these magnificent yet poorly understood creatures and highlights the absolutely essential role they play in the dynamics of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. And, as this book beautifully demonstrates, the aesthetics of beetle design are amazing. The fantastic colors and shapes of these creatures warrant the gorgeous color photography lavished on them in this book.
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abdomen adapted adult beetles Africa American burying beetle Angeles County animals antennae ants Australia bark Batesian mimicry beetle species beetle’s behavior biological control body buprestids butterﬂies cantharidin carabids cerambycids Charles Bellamy chemical chrysomelids classiﬁcation Coleoptera coleopterists Collection color courtesy of Maxilla diversity dung beetles dung scarabs dytiscids eggs elytra Entomology environment environmental exoskeleton extinction families of beetles feeding female ﬁnd ﬁreﬂies ﬁrst ﬂashing ﬂies ﬂight ﬂower ﬂy fossil fungus genus glands grubs habitats horns host human ILLUSTRATION insects invertebrates jewel beetle known Lacey Act larvae leaf legs live males mandibles mate Maxilla Maxilla and Mandible mimic mimicry modiﬁed mouthparts Natural History Museum nest organisms parasites pests Photograph by Charles plants PLATE populations predators protection pseudoscorpions pupa rain forest reﬂects reproductive scientiﬁc sclerites segments signiﬁcant species of beetles speciﬁc Specimen courtesy stag beetles staphylinids structures Superfamily taxa tenebrionids termites thoracic tles trees wings
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