Insect Museum

Insect Museum

Describing 114 Species of Insects and Other Arthropods, Including Their Natural History and Environment

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Close-up photographs and descriptive text explore the natural history and intricacies of a variety of insects and arthropods.

Firefly Books Ltd
Close-ups of a miniature universe.

Close-ups of a miniature universe.

This innovative reference explores the fascinating world of insects and allows readers to discover the intricacies of these tiny creatures in a striking and completely original way.

Insect Museum features 114 extreme close-up photographs of butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and flies, as well as spiders and centipedes, that allow readers to appreciate fully the subtle esthetics of each insect's form, the delicate texture of its wings and the beauty of its colors.

Each full-color plate is accompanied by a thorough description of the insect that includes:

  • The origins of the common name and the significance of the scientific name
  • Details of distribution and habitat
  • Its natural history, with surprising details on the habits and adaptations developed by the insect to survive and reproduce
  • A line drawing that demonstrates the insect's actual size.

There are also more than 330 additional photos that illustrate larvae, ovulation, mating, nutrition and other important aspects of the insect's life cycle. Insect Museum takes readers closer to insects than ever before and ensures they will never look at insects in the same way again.

Book News
Translated from the 2008 French original (published by Editions Larousse), this attractive, oversized volume (9x12") offers a survey of insects laid out one to a page in superb color photographs that are presented against backgrounds of collecting boxes or naturalist notebook pages so that the reader has the sense of peering into intriguing vitrines in a dusty natural history museum. The facing page tells the natural history of each insect, including the origin of its name, special characteristics, behavior, diet, and status, with frequent inset boxes of related facts that add to the bug's story and allure. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781554074839
Branch Call Number: 595.7 DOU
Characteristics: 255 p. :,col. ill. ;,31 cm.


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