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The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism

By: Raynald Harvey Lemelin(Editor)

353 pages, 31 b/w photos, tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2012 | #200264 | ISBN-13: 9781107012882
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About this book

Insects such as cockroaches, mosquitoes and bed-bugs are usually not highly sought amongst travellers or recreationists, yet each year, collectors, butterfly enthusiasts, dragonfly-hunters and apiarists collect, visit, document and raise insects for recreational purposes. Illustrating a range of human-insect encounters from an interdisciplinary perspective, The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism provides the first insight into the booming industry of insect recreation. Case studies and examples demonstrate the appeal of insects, ranging from the captivating beauty of butterflies to the curious fascination of locust swarms, and challenge the notion that animals lacking anthropomorphic features hold little or no interest for humans. Throughout The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism, the emphasis is on the innovators, the educators, the dedicated researchers and activists who, through collaboration across fields ranging from entomology to sociology and anthropology, have brought insects from the recreational fringes to the forefront of many conservation and leisure initiatives.


List of contributors

1. Introduction Raynald Harvey Lemelin

Part I. Human-Insect Encounters:
2. Minding insects: scale, value, world Adam Dodd
3. The philosophical and psychological dimensions of insects: tourism, horror and the negative sublime Jeff Lockwood
4. Tiger beetles: lessons in natural history, conservation, and the rise of amateur involvement David Pearson
5. A is for agriculture, B is for bee, C is for colony-collapse disorder, P is for pollinator parks: an A to Z overview of what insect conservationists can learn from bees Edward M. Spevak
6. The entomological and recreational aspects of interacting with Lepidoptera T. R. New
7. Dragonflies: their lives, our lives, from ponds to reserves Michael J. Samways

Part II. Insects and Leisure:
8. Relating to aquatic insects: becoming English fly fishers Adrian Franklin
9. An appreciation for the natural world through collecting, owning, and observing insects Akito Y. Kawahara and Robert M. Pyle
10. Gardening and landscape modification: butterfly gardens Jaret Daniels
11. The role of edible insects in human recreation and tourism Alan L. Yen, Yupa Hanboonsong and Arnold van Huis

Part III. Insects and Tourism:
12. Butterfly conservatories, butterfly ranches and insectariums: generating income while promoting social and environmental justice Ko Veltman
13. Insect festivals: celebrating and fostering human-insect interactions Glen T. Hvenegaard, Thomas A. Delamere, Raynald Harvey Lemelin, Kathleen Brager and Alaine Auger
14. Glow-worm tourism in Australia and New Zealand: commodifying and conserving charismatic micro-fauna C. Michael Hall

Part IV. Conservation Frontiers:
15. May you live in interesting times: technology and entomology Forrest Mitchell
16. Citizen science and insect conservation Kelsey Johansen and Alaine Auger
17. The institutionalization of insect welfare: the cultural aspects of establishing a new organization dedicated to conserving invertebrates Matt Shardlow
18. Insects in education: creating tolerance for some of the world's smallest citizens C. Ernst, K. Vinke, D. Giberson and C. M. Buddle
19. Discovering the wilderness in parks and protected areas Jessica J. Rykken and Brian D. Farrell
20. Conclusion Raynald Harvey Lemelin


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Raynald Harvey Lemelin is an associate professor in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University, Canada. His research interests focus around human-animal dynamics, originally in the context of polar bear viewing and more recently in examining the human dimensions of insect conservation.

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