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The Thermal Warriors: Strategies of Insect Survival

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By: Bernd Heinrich

221 pages, Col photos, b/w illus

Harvard University Press

Paperback | Dec 1999 | #94207 | ISBN: 0674883411
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Hardback | Dec 1996 | #56669 | ISBN: 0674883403
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About this book

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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