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What good are bugs? : insects in the web of life

Author: Gilbert Waldbauer
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In What Good Are Bugs? Gilbert Waldbauer combines anecdotes from entomological history with insights into the intimate workings of the natural world, describing the intriguing and sometimes amazing behavior of these tiny creatures. He weaves a colorful, richly textured picture of beneficial insect life on earth, from ants sowing their "hanging gardens" on Amazonian shrubs and trees to the sacred scarab of ancient  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Waldbauer
ISBN: 0674010272 9780674010277 0674016327 9780674016323
OCLC Number: 50198798
Language Note: English.
Description: 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Macrocosm --
Pollinating --
Dispersing seeds --
Supplying food --
Providing defense --
Giving sustenance --
Giving protection --
Controlling plant populations --
Controlling insect populations --
Controlling vertebrate populations --
Recycling dead animals --
Recycling dung --
Recycling dead plants --
Microcosm.
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This book, the first to catalogue ecologically important insects by their roles, gives us an enlightening look at how insects work in ecosystems-what they do, how they live, and how they make life as  Read more...

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Persuasive, rollicking, and informative...He may not get you to hug your termites, but you will see them in a whole new light. Bugs are truly awesome in numbers and variety...On the surface, bugs Read more...

 
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