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Silent sparks : the wondrous world of fireflies

Author: Sara Margery Lewis
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with their flashing? And what do fireflies look for in a mate? In Silent Sparks, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lewis, Sara, 1953-
Silent sparks
(DLC) 2015037057
(OCoLC)934627674
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Margery Lewis
ISBN: 9781400880317 1400880319
OCLC Number: 938018053
Awards: Commended for 2017 PROSE Award in Popular Science and Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers 2017
Short-listed for "Seattle Times' "18 books of 2016 perfect for the bookworm in your life 2016
Short-listed for "Science News' "Favorite Books of 2016 2016
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Silent sparks --
Lifestyles of the stars --
Splendors in the grass --
With this bling, I thee wed --
Dreams of flying --
The making of a flasher --
Poisonous attractions --
Lights out for fireflies? --
Field guide to common fireflies --
Stepping out: further firefly adventures.
Responsibility: Sara Lewis.

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"For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with their flashing? And what do fireflies look for in a mate? In Silent Sparks, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these beloved insects. From the meadows of New England and the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rivers of Japan and mangrove forests of Malaysia, this beautifully illustrated and accessible book uncovers the remarkable, dramatic stories of birth, courtship, romance, sex, deceit, poison, and death among fireflies. The nearly two thousand species of fireflies worldwide have evolved in different ways -- and while most mate through the aerial language of blinking lights, not all do. Lewis introduces us to fireflies that don't light up at all, relying on wind-borne perfumes to find mates, and we encounter glow-worm fireflies, whose plump, wingless females never fly. We go behind the scenes to meet inquisitive scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding fireflies, and we learn about various modern threats including light pollution and habitat destruction. In the last section of the book, Lewis provides a field guide for North American fireflies, enabling us to identify them in our own backyards and neighborhoods. This concise, handy guide includes distinguishing features, habits, and range maps for the most commonly encountered fireflies, as well as a gear list." --

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