We read excerpts from this famous entomological storybook my freshman year of college, and when I'd lost my copy I discovered it was out of print. When Beacon Press put it out again I snatched a copy immediately, and have enjoyed Fabre's enthusisam for the hidden world of insects. This would make a great gift for the budding naturalist--Fabre's zeal for knowledge of instinct prior to Darwin's theories is a helpful glimpse into the quality of the scientific soul. The insect world is at once beautiful and repulsive in its vigor and superabundance. I can't imagine anyone calling themselves a naturalist without having read this compilation from the whole span of the life work of this humble Frenchman hidden away in his dusty, untilled harmas.