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Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-Legged Creatures

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Mostly tiny, infinitely delicate, and short-lived, insects and their relatives--arthropods--nonetheless outnumber all their fellow creatures on earth. How lowly arthropods achieved this unlikely preeminence is a story deftly and colorfully told in this follow-up to the award-winning "For Love of Insects." Part handbook, part field guide, part photo album, "Secret Weapons" ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Belknap Press (first published 2005)
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Melody
Apr 26, 2013 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this are the reason horror writers and movie producers will never run out of material - the complex chemical weapons with which some invertebrates are equipped are staggering. This is one of my favorite books and I return to it over and over. Each chapter is devoted to an invertebrate family and discusses its chemical weaponry. The photos and descriptions are excellent. Knowing a bit about chemistry might be helpful for readers but even if one doesn't, it's still an excellent book for ...more
Namrirru
Jul 13, 2007 Namrirru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More a science text than popular science. The book is comprised of different essays on different arthropods, how they use chemicals for attacking or protecting themselves. Lots of chemistry. Very entertaining if you're fond of the little ones.

I managed to get this book for $4 on a bargain shelf. So if you're interested in reading it, you can borrow it from me, but don't spend the listed price.
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Wish I had a better background in biochemistry...lots of interesting info on adaptations and behavioral strategies. Be careful who you touch and how you touch them...forceps are a really useful tool.
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