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Cricket Radio Tuning in the Nightsinging Insects

By: John Himmelman
272 pages, 53 col illus, 24 halftones, 18 illus
Publisher: Belknap Press
Cricket Radio
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  • Cricket Radio ISBN: 9780674046900 Hardback Mar 2011 Usually dispatched within 4 days
Price: £18.95
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At a time when night-singing insects have slipped beyond our notice, John Himmelman seeks to reconnect us to creatures whose songs form a part of our own natural history. On warm summer evenings, night-singing insects produce a whirring, chirping soundscape - a calming aural tapestry celebrated by poets and naturalists for millennia.

But "cricket radio" is not broadcast for the easy-listening pleasure of humans. The nocturnal songs of insects are lures and warnings, full of risks and rewards for these tiny competitive performers. What moves crickets and katydids to sing, how they produce their distinctive sounds, how they hear the songs of others, and how they vary cadence, volume, and pitch to attract potential mates, warn off competitors, and evade predators is part of the engaging story that this book tells.

The author's narrative weaves together his personal experiences as an amateur naturalist in search of crickets and katydids with the stories of scientists who study these insects professionally. He also offers instructions for bringing a few of the little singers into our homes and gardens. We can, he suggests, be reawakened to these night songs that have meant so much to the human psyche.

The online insect calls that accompany this colorfully illustrated narrative provide a bridge of sound to our past and to our vital connection with other species.

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John Himmelman is author and illustrator of nearly seventy books, most recently Guide to Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast and Discovering Amphibians: Frogs and Salamanders of the Northeast.

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By: John Himmelman
272 pages, 53 col illus, 24 halftones, 18 illus
Publisher: Belknap Press
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I could literally feel the obsession of John Himmelman for these animals, and it is contagious. This wonderful, engaging book brings us up close, in terms of the sensual, intellectual, and historical aspects of night-singing insects and the people who love and study them. Cricket Radio provides many points of contact and will open up a new window to the natural world that is available to almost everyone, everywhere. This book is a real treat.
-Bernd Heinrich, author of The Nesting Season

"Cricket Radio is beautifully written, and it deeply impressed even a hardened, grizzled cricketeer like me. I hope and believe that this book will find its way to not only entomologists and parents of budding entomologists everywhere, but also to the bookshelves of the birders of the world-who would have their eyes and ears opened to another major group of nature's singers. "
-Ronald R. Hoy, Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
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