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In a desert garden : love and death among the insects

Author: John Alcock
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A specialist in ecology uses humor and insight to detail the lives of the insects that live in the desert garden behind his Arizona home, in a study that reveals the complex interactions in a unique ecosystem, including the mating habits of scarab beetles, the problems of whiteflies and killer bees, and the life cycle of earwigs.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Alcock
ISBN: 0393041182 9780393041187
OCLC Number: 36219322
Description: 186 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Preface: trouble in paradise, and a partial solution 9 (8) --
Chapter 1: how to revolutionize a yard xeriscaping and its entomological benefits 17 (10) --
Chapter 2: the gardener's friends ladybird beetles and biocontrol; praying mantises and sexual cannibalism 27 (14) --
Chapter 3: compost lovers how to make a desert compost heap; earwigs and their cerci; rove beetles and mate guarding 41 (16) --
Chapter 4: lawn lovers scarab beetles and the risks they take to mate; desert termites and their nuptial flights 57 (14) --
Chapter 5: native stingers paper wasps and one-queen rule; zucchini bees and the squash they pollinate; sleeping bees and their enemies 71 (24) --
Chapter 6: camouflage experts grasshoppers and gravel mimicry; inchworms and twig mimicry; swallowtail caterpillars and bird-dropping mimicry 95 (14) --
Chapter 7: aliens whiteflies and the trouble they now cause; "killer" bees and the trouble they will cause 109 (20) --
Chapter 8: transients mayflies away from water; milkweed bugs on the march 129 (14) --
Chapter 9: parthenogens and poison eaters milkweed aphids and how to be a single mother; "killer" hover flies and how aphids fight back 143 (15) --
Chapter 10: paradise regained the return of the sleeping bees 158 (11) --
acknowledgments 169 (2) --
bibliography 171 (6) --
appendix 177 (2) --
index 179.
Responsibility: John Alcock ; with illustrations by Turid Forsyth.
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An elegant combination of meticulous science and nature reverie that draws its reader into the diverse, competitive, and even seductive world of desert plants and insects.  Read more...

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"John Alcock makes desert biology pure fun." "The real charm of Mr. Alcock ... is that he shows us that scientific cognition isn't the only way to experience a glorious ecosystem."

 
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