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Fireflies, honey, and silk

Author: Gilbert Waldbauer; James B Nardi
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ink our ancestors wrote with, the beeswax in altar candles, the honey on our toast, the silk we wear. This enchanting book is a highly entertaining exploration of the myriad ways insects have enriched our lives--culturally, economically, and aesthetically. The author, an entomologist and writer describes in colorful detail how many of the valuable products insects have given us are made, how they were  Read more...
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Waldbauer, Gilbert.
Fireflies, honey, and silk.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)763150963
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Waldbauer; James B Nardi
ISBN: 9780520258839 0520258835 9780520268074 0520268075
OCLC Number: 272305028
Description: xi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Insects people like --
The silk we wear --
Dyeing the cloth --
Baubles, bracelets, and anklets --
Candles, shellac, and sealing wax --
Paper and ink --
Butterflies in your tummy --
Satisfying the sweet tooth --
Cures and nostrums --
Insect pets and performers --
Epilogue : the ecological context.
Responsibility: Gilbert Waldbauer ; with illustrations by James Nardi.

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The ink our ancestors wrote with, the beeswax in altar candles, the honey on our toast, the silk we wear. This book explores the myriad ways insects have enriched our lives. It describes how many of  Read more...

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"Abuzz with obscure lore about a host of bugs that are as accommodating to humans as bedbugs, fleas, and mosquitoes are annoying." Natural History 20100201 "Accessible, easy prose ready-made for a Read more...

 
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