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The Book of Beetles

A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

Patrice Bouchard

The Book of Beetles
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Patrice Bouchard

656 pages | 2400 color plates | 7 1/8 x 10 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226082752 Will Publish November 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
E-book $33.00 ISBN: 9780226082899 Will Publish November 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.

The Book of Beetles celebrates the beauty and diversity of this marvelous insect. 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 in the most up-to-date science and accessibly written, the descriptive text will appeal to researchers and armchair coleopterists alike.

The humble beetle 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. The Book of Beetles is certain to become the authoritative reference on these remarkably adaptable and beautiful creatures.
BeautifulNow
"A spectacular sampling of the more than 350,000 species of beetles on earth. . . . The book is not only an excellent reference, but a joy to peruse."
Publishers Weekly
"Photographs of more than 600 colorful, glossy species, resembling bejeweled broaches more than creepy crawlies, are presented at actual size."
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