|2018, 232 pages, all color. To date,
we have discovered, and described or named around 1.1 million insect
species, and thousands of new species are being added to the ranks
every year. It is estimated that there are around five million
insect species on Earth, making them the most diverse lineage of all
life by far. This book gives readers a fascinating look at the
world’s most numerous inhabitants, illustrated with stunning images
from the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.
It provides a unique glimpse into an amazing collection of over
14,000 volumes not usually available to the general public.
This magnificent volume tells and illustrates the frequently
incredible story of insects. Noted entomologist Michael S. Engel
explores insects’ evolution and diversity; metamorphosis; pests,
parasites, and plagues; society and language; camouflage; and
pollination—as well as tales of discovery by intrepid entomologists.
The book features more than 180 illustrations from the Museum’s Rare
Book Collection. They reveal the extraordinary world of insects down
to the smallest, most astonishing details, from butterflies’
iridescent wings to beetles’ vibrant colors. The high quality of the
illustrations on the printed page is far better than what you may
find on web searches.
We highly recommend adding this book to your collection. It will be
a great gift for anyone with an interest in the natural world, art,
history, or rare books. And - it is very reasonably priced.
Hardcover; 9 x 10".
About the Author:
Dr. Michael S. Engel is a Research Affiliate at the American
Museum of Natural History in New York. He is also University
Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and
Senior Curator of Entomology at the University of Kansas in
From a Review:
"The images... are the stars of this work, which will delight every
entomophile who turns its pages.” — Publishers Weekly
Order from November 1 - 30, 2018 to receive a 15%
Cat. No. 4032S
Engel, INNUMERABLE INSECTS