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Metamorphosis How Insects Are Changing Our World

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By: Erica McAlister(Author), Adrian Washbourne(Author)
216 pages, 80+ colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations
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  • Metamorphosis ISBN: 9780565095567 Hardback Apr 2024 In stock
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An accessible, beautifully illustrated celebration of insects – and their extraordinary contributions to humankind – from the hosts of the BBC Radio's Metamorphosis

Insects outnumber humans 200 million to one, and their impact on people and the planet boasts a similar magnitude. Metamorphosis: How Insects Are Changing Our World investigates how modern entomological wonders contribute to the prosperity of humankind. Featuring more than 80 color illustrations that highlight the impressive variety and vibrancy of everything from beetles to blowflies, the book covers contemporary topics that emphasize the intersections between insects, technology, and the future of the planet, including:
- the role of insect metamorphosis as a barometer to track future climate change
- how invaluable the fruit fly has been to space travel
- how the hawkmoth's tongue is inspiring bioengineers to develop medical nanoprobes
- the way bee intelligence is shaping sophisticated flying robots for surveillance and rescue
- how a network of fly farms are set to lower carbon emissions

The study of insects has led to incredible strides in robotics, genetics, forensics, agriculture, medicine, aerospace, artificial intelligence, and biodiversity. Metamorphosis celebrates insect-driven progress and captures its sense of possibility with up-to-date research and scientific storytelling that connects readers to the bugs around them.

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Erica McAlister is Curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum, London. She is the author of the acclaimed books The Secret Life of Flies and The Inside Out of Flies. Adrian Washbourne is an award-winning producer for BBC Radio 4.

Popular Science New
By: Erica McAlister(Author), Adrian Washbourne(Author)
216 pages, 80+ colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations
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"Combining charm, humour and a museum worth of facts, this is a brilliant read that will change your thinking towards our insect friends."
– Dr Bryan Lessard a.k.a. Bry the Fly Guy

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