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Wicked Bugs

Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616200633
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In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that explore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard (“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobias that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”). Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard.

Wicked Bugs Young Readers Edition

Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616207701
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Did you know there are zombie bugs that not only eat other bugs but also inhabit and control their bodies? There’s even a wasp that delivers a perfectly-placed sting in a cockroach’s brain and then leads the roach around by its antennae — like a dog on a leash. Scorpions glow in ultraviolet light. Lots of bugs dine on corpses. And if you want to know how much it hurts to get stung by a bullet ant (hint: it really, really hurts), you can consult the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. It ranks the pain produced by ants and other stinging creatures. How does it work? Dr. Schmidt, the scientist who created it, voluntarily subjected himself to the stings of 150 species. Organized into thematic categories (Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, and Terrible Threats) and featuring full-color illustrations by Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Wicked Bugs is an educational and creepy-cool guide to the worst of the worst of insects, arachnids, and other arthropods. This is the young readers adaptation of Amy Stewart’s bestselling book for adult readers.

Eat The Beetles

Author: David Waltner-Toews
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1773050354
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Will eating insects change the world for the better? Meet the beetles: there are millions and millions of them and many fewer of the rest of us — mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since before recorded history, humans have eaten insects. While many get squeamish at the idea, entomophagy — people eating insects — is a possible way to ensure a sustainable and secure food supply for the eight billion of us on the planet. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Times; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Once seen as the great enemy of human civilization, destroying our crops and spreading plagues, we now see insects as marvellous pollinators of our food crops and a potential source of commercial food supply. From upscale restaurants where black ants garnish raw salmon to grubs as pub snacks in Paris and Tokyo, from backyard cricket farming to high-tech businesses, Eat the Beetles! weaves these cultural, ecological, and evolutionary narratives to provide an accessible and humorous exploration of entomophagy.

City Creatures

Author: Dave Aftandilian
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022619289X
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In any given year, in the spring and fall, some 7 million birds representing 300 different species migrate through the city of Chicago. They come for great architecture, cuisine, song, views, and flyways—creating their own urban nature. They alight our forest preserves, our lakefront paths, and the minds and hearts of citizens and students through the urban region. Chicago has gone to extensive lengths as a city to aid its finned, feathered, scaled, and furry animals enjoy the city as much as its bipedal inhabitants. Chicago is “Nature's Metropolis. Nature lovers, amateur naturalists, community organizers, urban agriculturalists, social workers, and concerned citizens have always been part of the fabric of the city. Chicago Creatures aims to animate this natural world of the Chicago region, using stories, poems, and art to show how the vibrancy of nature in Chicago runs like a rhizome throughout our collective experience as urban naturalists. Recognizing the stories have often the best means of reaching readers, the essays in this volume tell stories about urban nature, and so too do the poems, and paintings, and photos. We see in these various creative forms how nature inspires, and holds meaning, even in an urban wilderness, and perhaps because of the urbanity of it all in some cases. The pieces are organized thematically, around the types of places and encounters readers would have with urban nature. The ultimate hope is that in learning about the animals of the city readers will think more about their conservation and longevity. And while the experiences might be local, the messages in this book are born to fly.

Biologie Der S Sswasserinsekten

Author: Carl Wesenberg-Lund
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3662383276
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Dieser Buchtitel ist Teil des Digitalisierungsprojekts Springer Book Archives mit Publikationen, die seit den Anfängen des Verlags von 1842 erschienen sind. Der Verlag stellt mit diesem Archiv Quellen für die historische wie auch die disziplingeschichtliche Forschung zur Verfügung, die jeweils im historischen Kontext betrachtet werden müssen. Dieser Titel erschien in der Zeit vor 1945 und wird daher in seiner zeittypischen politisch-ideologischen Ausrichtung vom Verlag nicht beworben.

Unnatural Creatures

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 140884544X
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The griffin, the sunbird, manticores, unicorns ­- all manner of glorious creatures never captured in zoos, museums or photographs are packed vividly into this collection of stories. Neil Gaiman has included some of his own childhood favourites alongside stories classic and modern to spark the imagination of readers young and old. All contributors have given their work free to benefit Dave Eggers' literacy charity, 826DC. Also includes a new Neil Gaiman Story.

Die K Nigin Der Schatten Verflucht

Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364116527X
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Die Königin der Schatten hat den Thron bestiegen, doch kann sie ihr Reich vor dem Untergang bewahren? Seit Kelsea Glynn ihr rechtmäßiges Erbe angetreten hat, ist in Tearling ein Zeitalter der Menschlichkeit und der Gerechtigkeit angebrochen. Doch mit der Roten Königin des Nachbarreiches Mortmesne hat sich Kelsea eine ebenso mächtige wie gefährliche Feindin gemacht: Unau altsam marschiert die gewaltige Mort-Armee auf die Grenzen Tearlings zu. Noch während Kelsea versucht, einen Krieg zu verhindern, den sie nicht gewinnen kann, kommt sie einem Geheimnis aus der Vergangenheit auf die Spur – einem Geheimnis, das das Schicksal Tearlings für immer verändern wird . . .

Helter Skelter

Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 3959718683
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Im Sommer 1969 erschüttert eine Reihe bestialischer Morde Los Angeles und die USA. Sharon Tate, die schwangere Ehefrau von Roman Polanski, ist eines der sieben Opfer des Serienmörders Charles Manson. Vincent Bugliosi war leitender Staatsanwalt in diesem spektakulären Fall. In seinem meisterhaft geschriebenen Buch berichtet er, wie es ihm in minutiöser Detektivarbeit gelang, Charles Manson und seine ihm blind ergebene Hippie-Kommune für das Massaker hinter Gitter zu bringen. Die akribischen Ermittlungen, der komplexe Prozess, die kranke Weltanschauung, die Manson seinen Anhängern einflößte ... all dies macht diesen atemberaubend spannenden Weltbestseller aus. Seit 1971 sitzt Manson im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis, doch vergessen ist er noch lange nicht. Er ist zu einer diabolischen Kultfigur geworden, deren apokalyptisches Szenario und verschrobene Weltanschauung auch heute noch eine makabere Faszination ausüben. Dies ist eine Neuausgabe des 2010 erschienen Buchs Helter Skelter - Der Mordrausch des Charles Manson.

Gemeine Gew Chse

Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 382707441X
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Der Feind in meinem Beet: ein Baum, der Sie mit Giftpfeilen befeuert, ein glänzender roter Samen, der Ihren Herzschlag stoppt, ein Strauch, der Lähmungen verursacht, eine Kletterpflanze, die Sie erdrosselt, und ein Blatt, das einst einen Krieg auslöste. Dieses Buch hält alle wichtigen Informationen zu den fiesesten Pflanzen, den bösesten Blumen und gemeinsten Gewächsen bereit; sie lauern nicht nur in fernen Ländern, sondern direkt in unseren Vorgärten und Wohnzimmern. Amy Stewart erzählt uns von diesen botanischen Teufeleien und gleichzeitig aus Geschichte, Literatur, Politik und Sage. Ein Buch wie aus Harry Potters Handbibliothek, eine Chronik des Skurrilen und des alltäglichen Zaubers, die in den USA zum Überraschungsbestseller avancierte. Gemeine Gewächse ist ein verschlagenes Lesevergnügen voller wunderbarer Zeichnungen.