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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is an authoritative reference in a breathtakingly beautiful volume, one that will leave every reader with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and--yes--fondness for these amazing creatures and their place in nature. In terms of numbers, beetles are the most successful creatures on earth: about 350,000 species of beetles have been descri ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by University of California Press
(first published December 15th 1996)
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"There is a story, possibly apocryphal, that an English cleric asked the noted evolutionist J.B.S. Haldane what could be inferred about the Creator from the works of nature. Haldane is reported to have replied, "An inordinate fondness for beetles."'
I have had this book for awhile but picked it up again to read and to wonder over the photos of such gorgeous "bugs". Incredible barely begins to describe the variety and color combinations of these creatures. I went back to this book after having seen "Avatar". I was fascinated with the animal creations of James Cameron in this movie and had heard that he used many books such as these to take inspiration from for his world of "Pandora".
I loved this book. It was nonfiction and technical but done in such a way as to be an easy and enjoyable read. The photos were gorgeous, and the text was engaging for anyone who loves insects I would highly recommend it.