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Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Insects: General

Rekorde der Insektenwelt 130 Extreme

Popular Science Out of Print
By: Richard Jones(Author)
288 pages, 135 colour photos
Rekorde der Insektenwelt
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  • Rekorde der Insektenwelt ISBN: 9783258075877 Hardback Sep 2010 Out of Print #203261
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Language: German

Insects are the most extreme organisms on Earth and, despite their diminutive size, they wield inordinate power. With the exception of the polar ice caps every terrestrial ecosystem on earth is colonized by them, and they account for almost three-quarters of all named animals – that's one million species at the last count! This stunningly illustrated book is a celebration of the insect universe, exploring their amazing forms and functions, their fascinating behaviour and the enormous impact they have on our lives. With its lively and informative text, it looks at insects in all their extremes, from the biggest, fastest and fiercest to the best nest builder, most devious hunter and deadliest bride.

Insects are extreme in numbers – a single leaf-cutter ant nest, the size of a large camper van, may contain seven million individuals working together as a single giant super-organism. Insects are extreme in their bizarre forms – the stalk-eyed fly, as its name suggests, carries its eyes on the end of two ludicrously long stalks. And insects are invariably extreme in behaviour – take for instance the giraffe-necked weevil that holds head bobbing contests to win a mate. Yet there is always method in their apparent madness, as each strange form and function is an adaptation designed to solve the extreme pressures that arise through the struggle to survive in a world that is always dangerous, competitive and unforgiving.

Summary in German:
Mit etwa einer Million erfassten Arten sind die Insekten die mit Abstand größte Gruppe im Tierreich. Trotz ihrer geringen Größe sind sie in vielerlei Beziehung extreme Lebewesen: Sie kommen in extremer Anzahl vor, sie sind extrem vielfältig, sie haben extreme Formen entwickelt.

Die kleinsten Insektenarten sind nur 0,2 Millimeter groß, zu den größten gehört mit 15 Zentimeter der Amazonas-Riesenbockkäfer. Die Augen der Stielaugenfliege sitzen auf langen, dünnen, waagerechten Stielen. Warum haben sich solche Formen entwickelt? Welche Vorteile bringen sie ihren Trägern? Das Buch erforscht die erstaunlichen Formen und Funktionen, das faszinierende Verhalten und die enormen Auswirkungen, die Insekten auf uns und unsere Umwelt haben, sei es als Pflanzenbestäuber, als Honig- und Seidelieferanten, als Produzenten pharmazeutischer Wirkstoffe, aber auch als Pflanzenschädlinge und Krankheitsüberträger.

130 Rekordhalter der Insektenwelt werden mit Bild und Text vorgestellt und lassen uns über die Vielfalt und Einzigartigkeit dieser außergewöhnlichen Geschöpfe staunen.

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Popular Science Out of Print
By: Richard Jones(Author)
288 pages, 135 colour photos
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