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

The Thermal Warriors Strategies of Insect Survival

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By: Bernd Heinrich
221 pages, Col photos, b/w illus
The Thermal Warriors
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  • The Thermal Warriors ISBN: 9780674883413 Paperback Dec 1999 Out of Print #94207
  • The Thermal Warriors ISBN: 9780674883406 Hardback Dec 1996 Out of Print #56669
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Distilling his great reference work Hot-Blooded Insects, Heinrich, in his ever engaging prose style, explains how, when, and in general what insects regulate their body temperature and what it means to them. As he shows us, the ingenuity of the survival strategies insects have evolved is astonishing: from shivering and backing, the construction of turrets, cooling with liquid faeces to `panting', `sweating', and counter and alternating currents of blood flow for heat retention and heat loss.


From cold crawlers to hot flyers; heat balance; the flight motor; warm-up by shivering; warm-up by basking; cooling off; form and function; conserving energy; why do insects thermoregulate?; strategies for survival; thermal arms races; heat treatments; heating and cooling the nest; insects in man-made habitats.

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Out of Print
By: Bernd Heinrich
221 pages, Col photos, b/w illus
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