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Fireflies, Honey, and Silk - Dr. Gilbert Waldbauer

Fireflies, Honey, and Silk

By: Dr. Gilbert Waldbauer, James Nardi (Illustrator)

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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. Entomologist and writer Gilbert Waldbauer describes in loving, colorful detail how many of the valuable products insects have given us are made, how they were discovered, and how they have been used through time and across cultures. Along the way, he takes us on a captivating ramble through many far-flung corners of history, mythology, poetry, literature, medicine, ecology, forensics, and more. Enlivened with personal anecdotes from Waldbauer's distinguished career as an entomologist, the book also describes surprising everyday encounters we all experience that were made possible by insects. From butterfly gardens and fly-fishing to insects as jewelry and sex pheromones, this is an eye-opening ode to the wonder of insects that illuminates our extraordinary and essential relationship with the natural world.

"Abuzz with obscure lore about a host of bugs that are as accommodating to humans as bedbugs, fleas, and mosquitoes are annoying." Natural History "Accessible, easy prose ready-made for a broad, curious audience." Publishers Weekly "Reading this book is like sitting at the feet of a favourite uncle on a winter evening beside a crackling fire." New Scientist "An easy-to-read book that is interesting and entertaining." Foreword "Professional yet conversational, Waldbauer's essays are an homage to a world that first fascinated him as a child." Audubon Magazine

List of Illustrations
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
Selected References
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780520268074
ISBN-10: 0520268075
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.34

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