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A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems - Product Details

A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems
Patrice Bouchard, Editor

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2014, 656 pages, color photos throughout. When renowned British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked what could be inferred about God from a study of his works, Haldane replied, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.” With 350,000 known species, and scientific estimates that millions more have yet to be identified, their abundance is indisputable as is their variety.  They range from the delightful summer firefly to the one-hundred-gram Goliath beetle. Beetles offer a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, and colors that entice scientists and collectors across the globe.

This book celebrates the beauty and diversity of beetles. Six hundred significant beetle species are covered, with each entry featuring a distribution map, basic biology, conservation status, and information on cultural and economic significance. Full-color photos show the beetles both at their actual size and enlarged to show details, such as the sextet of spots that distinguish the six-spotted tiger beetle or the jagged ridges of the giant-jawed sawyer beetle. Based on the most up-to-date science and accessibly written, the descriptive text will appeal to a wide audience - amateur and professional coleopterists, researchers, and students.

The interest in beetles continues to grow in popularity, taking center stage in biodiversity studies, sustainable agriculture programs, and even the dining rooms of adventurous and eco-conscious chefs. This book is certain to become an authoritative reference on these remarkably adaptable and beautiful creatures.  Hardcover; 7-1/8 x 10-1/2".

About the Editor - Patrice Bouchard is research scientist and curator of Coleoptera at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes. He is coauthor of Family-Group Names in Coleoptera and the award-winning Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia.

Contributors - Patrice Bouchard, Yves Bousquet, Christopher Carlton, Maria Lourdes Chamorro, Hermes E. Escalona, Arthur V. Evans, Alexander Konstantinov, Richard A. B. Leschen, Stéphane Le Tirant, and Steven W. Lingafelter

9626 Bouchard, The Book of Beetles

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