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Microscopic Worlds, Volume 2: Bugs of the Land

Art / PhotobookPopular Science

Series: Microscopic Worlds Volume: 2

By: Kerry Swanson

120 pages, 3D colour photos

CSIRO

Paperback | Feb 2012 | #198222 | ISBN-13: 9780643103894
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NHBS Price: £40.50 $52/€48 approx

About this book

In this series of three books, the author escorts the reader on a fascinating and inspiring exploration of areas of the biological world unseen and unknown by most. In each volume, the author presents often complex scientific ideas in a style that is lively and easily understood. Together with stunning 3D images, taken using one of the most modern and powerful scanning electron microscopes available, the books present a unique portrait of the biosphere. Each book contains a pair of 3D glasses.

In Volume 2, the author reveals answers to some fascinating questions about land creatures, such as: Did you know house flies use their feet to taste the environment? Spiders have specialised structures just below their knees, but what are they for? How are caterpillars able to walk up and down near-vertical surfaces? We all know that the silk produced by spiders is strong, but for the first time readers will be able to see in 3D how complex and variable webs are.

WOW! What a pleasure it has been to review this magnificent suite of innovative, modern and creative books which do more than just describe: they inspire and grab attention. They bring the 3D perspective to the microscopic world that is so vital for a fuller appreciation and understanding of the living and fossilised microscopic biological world[...] Not only do the pictures leap out at you but some you just want to touch[...]. Each time you look at these pictures there is more to see and more questions to ask, surely, the life blood of science. Science is addictive thanks to these books.
- Glenn Vallender, Geological Society of NZ Newsletter, 2012


Contents

Preface

- How and why, and who helped along the way
- Introduction
- Introducing the bugs
- Silverfish
- Sandhoppers
- Spiders
- Beetles
- Moths and butterflies
- Aphids
- Houseflies, blowflies and hoverflies
- Mosquitoes and midges
- Fleas
- Wasps and ants
- Millipedes

References and further reading
Index

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