How Insects Work: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of Form and Function—from Antennae to Wings (How Nature Works) (Paperback)
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The extraordinary inner-workings of the world’s amazing, adaptable insects
A tiny textbook to learn on your own
How Insects Work goes beyond the typical field guide to show us not only what insects look like but why. Arguably the most successful land animals—still going strong after five mass extinctions—insects have evolved a spectacular array of real-life superpowers to help them thrive in virtually every environment: Bumblebees’ wingbeats leave a faint electrical signal at each flower they visit to show that the nectar’s already been taken (see page 57), and houseflies defy gravity with tiny leg hairs that stick to the smoothest wall or ceiling (see page 69). In this in-depth, photo-filled handbook, discover the ways insects are even more astounding than you know—inside and out:
- Exoskeleton and Body Segments
- And much, much more!
About the Author
Marianne Taylor is a writer, illustrator, and wildlife photographer. She’s written more than twenty nature books for adults and children, many illustrated with her own artwork or photographs. She also writes for Birdwatch, the Independent, BBC Wildlife, Country Life, Nature’s Home, and The Lady.