©1984 Howard Ensign Evans; (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved
The more interesting intricacies of insect life histories are presented in a series of chapters, each including some wry commentary from the entomologist's point of view. As a biologist, I found this an easy and fun review of the groups (cockroaches, fireflies, crickets, wasps, bedbugs, dragonflies and butterflies) and enjoyed the author's perspective. The book was first published some 36 years ago with an update in 1993. The language and storytelling style are enjoyable and do not require a scientific background. I found that the author digressed a little too far into the realm of opinion at the end, but overall found this an enjoyable listen!
This is one book that would have been improved if it was in an abridged format. The way studies were quoted gave the book the mood of reading a Master's Thesis rather than an entertaining science piece. Also, the content of the book is outdated, being published in 1968. An epilogue published in 1993 did not make up for having to wade through outdated material.
The reader is perfect for this text, masterfully imparting the droll humor while offering wonderful information about the strange habits of various insects and the scientists who study them.
Some of the passages in this book are absolutely beautiful. Yes, it's dated with frequent references to the huge, 60's & 70's investment in the space program, but the intro alone makes a compelling case to appreciate and take greater interest in the ubiquitous insects.
Some chapters were more intriguing than others and, yes, there's an environmental diatribe (which I happened to like) in the last 20% of the book or so but I found it a really lovely piece of nature writing.
He goes into depth about fireflies, dragon/damsel-flies, locusts (not my favorite chapter), crickets, roaches, true flies and more. My only real criticism is that I would have like to have had an overview of the insect class before these "case study" chapters began
Give it a listen and you may find yourself intrigued with a part of the natural world you may have ignored.
The first 1/2 of this book was very interesting. I listened and learned many things about insects. The 2nd half was was a sneak attack to promote his own environmental agenda- booooring!
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