By: Giovanni Carotti
314 pages, colour photos
Language: Bilingual in English and Italian
An excellent personal photographic account of insects and other invertebrates observed by the author in various locations, especially Ecuador. Carotti describes the animals in a succinct, engaging way and lards his text with literary quotations suggestive of the bizarre and exotic forms and behaviours of his subjects. Altogether a compelling testimony to the fascination of small creatures.
The title is a reference to Sir Thomas Moffett's Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum of 1634.
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Giovanni Carotti graduated in natural sciences from the University of Camerino. He specialises in orthopterans, collaborating with Filippo Buzzetti. Together they have published a checklist of Ecuadorian Caelifera. He is currently working on a distribution atlas of orthopterans in the Italian Marche.
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