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This beautifully illustrated volume provides an overview of the insect world. The introduction looks at insect anatomy, life cycles, social organization, feeding techniques, flying and the benefits of insects to humans. The majority of the book is an encyclopedia of insects organized geographically and by insect order. Identification details are provided for each variety, such as body hue and segmentation, shape and size, and the habitat where each can be found and the time of year. Differences between male and female species are included, as well as changes in appearance at each life stage. This rich visual record is accompanied by over 750 stunning illustrations.
Martin Walters is a writer, editor and naturalist. He studied Zoology at Oxford, UK, and worked as Biological Sciences Editor at Cambridge University Press for many years before becoming a freelance editor and writer with a special interest in botany.