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Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

By: Gilbert Waldbauer

264 pages, 14 b/w illus

Harvard University Press

Paperback | Dec 2001 | #123961 | ISBN: 0674006860
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #106154 | ISBN: 0674000900
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Waldbauer discusses how individuals in insect aggregations communicate (or don't), how they coordinate their efforts, how some congregate the better to mate, how some groups improve the temperature and humidity of their microenvironment, and how others safeguard themselves (or the future of their kind) by amassing in such vast numbers as to confound predators.

Perhaps the most striking feature of Waldbauer's delightful book is the enthusiasm with which it is written. A lifetime's involvement with what for many of us are mere pesky little critters has not dulled his pleasure in chronicling their variety or his amazement at their strangeness. He revels in the natural world. - Derek Bickerton, New York Times Book Review; "An immensely enjoyable book... Gilbert Waldbauer conveys his... love for natural history in its most catholic form with vivacity, flair and a broad brush." - Gaden S. Robinson, Times Literary Supplement.

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Gilbert Waldbauer is Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include Insects through the Seasons and The Birder's Bug Book (both from Harvard).

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