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Life in the Undergrowth

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An insect disguises itself as a flower or leaf. A spider lassoes its prey. A beetle persuades a bee to care for its young. This beautifully illustrated book by veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough offers a rare glimpse into the secret life of invertebrates, the world's tiniest--and most fascinating--creatures.

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Hardcover, American Edition, 288 pages
Published January 22nd 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published October 10th 2005)
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I wasn't aware I knew so many things about invertebrates. Otherwise, the book was good, with a wide range of species addressed (scorpions, worms, dragonflies, spiders, butterflies, cicadas, crickets, bees, ants...). I especially enjoyed learning things about scorpions, cicadas and bees, some of their behaviors were well depicted, as their life cycle. The book was well illustrated, with almost a nice photo every other page. The lack of scientific names was a little annoying, I can understand it's ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the curious
Shelves: natural-science
Attenborough is so amazing. I wish he was my rich uncle or something. This book is so interesting. You never really think about the mating habits of earthworms until you read a book like this. A life without this book is a sad, empty, bugless life. Read this book!
Oct 13, 2015 Will added it
This book is about the lives of insects in damp and wet places.
Feb 20, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite nonfiction book. Life in the undergrowth is a great book by David Attenborough . He really adds the feel of a story to his book. He starts out with the simplest insects and gradually works his way up to the more complicated bugs like spiders. Which really makes you want to continue reading like any fiction book would with its climax. But unlike many fiction books, this Book is also very informational. It tells people a lot about all kinds of different insects and arachnids wh ...more
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Oct 31, 2011 Matt Britton rated it really liked it
Nice book, lots of pictures. Begins with an account of the evolutionary history of arthropods (insects, spiders, scorpions, crabs, etc), including the first animals to live on land. The book doesn't describe the exhaustive story of how land arthropods came to be, but it highlights the main niches that some major insect groups (dragonflies, wasps, bees, ants) evolved into. This is an excellent book if you are looking for a broad overview of the variety of arthropod life, or if you just want to lo ...more
This is another book which has been sitting waiting too long on my shelves.
David Attenborough's genius for communication about the natural world is well known and here he churns it out again... I fear I am in danger of becoming blasé. I could hear his voice as I read (even though I don't think I have seen the associated TV series) The format of the book was a little odd and didn't leave the right amount of margin which made it harder to read.
I've watched a good many programmes about slugs, bugs
Tony duncan
May 06, 2008 Tony duncan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nature lovers, anyone artistically inclined
Shelves: science
brilliant and beautiful. Full of amazing information. I actually feel sorry for creationists, at least the ones that are unwilling to see how amazing a principle evolution is, and what an amazing world it has wrought
A very nice compendium of arthropod dramas, arranged in a nice fashion (by evolutionary lineage and ecological similarities both, at different points), told in Attenborough's peerless authorial voice.
David Ward
Life in the Undergrowth by David Attenborough (Princeton University Press 2006)(592.0). David Attenborough turns his attention to the life of insects. My rating: 7/10, finished 2007.
Jun 26, 2008 Tariq rated it it was amazing
Beautiful pictures to accompany this amazing documentary series. Attenborough is a great writer, as well as an outstanding presenter.
Jan 15, 2010 Larry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Natural history readers, entomologists and others interested in invertebrates
Another superb book by Mr A!
Mar 14, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and fascinating book. But I'm biased, I love spiders and scorpions and snakes and all of that undergrowth nonsense.
Dec 28, 2007 Hootie rated it really liked it
Shelves: insects
Easy read. Adds insight to a world seldom noticed or enjoyed by most adults. Presented in a fun, non-technical format Great photography.
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a naturalist and broadcaster, who is most well-known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, produced in conjunction with BBC's Natural History Unit. The series includes Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), T ...more
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