Buzz, Sting, Bite by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson audiobook

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

By Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Translated by Lucy Moffatt
Read by Kristin Milward

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982112875

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508294320

  • ISBN: 9781508294313

Runtime: 7.26 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An enthusiastic, witty, and informative introduction to the world of insects and why we—and the planet we inhabit—could not survive without them.

Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom. They live everywheredeep inside caves, 18,000 feet high in the Himalayas, inside computers, in Yellowstone’s hot springs, and in the ears and nostrils of much larger creatures. There are insects that have ears on their knees, eyes on their penises, and tongues under their feet. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them.

Most of us know that we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate. The ink that was used to write the Declaration of Independence was derived from galls on oak trees, which are induced by a small wasp. The fruit fly was essential to medical and biological research experiments that resulted in six Nobel prizes. Blowfly larva can clean difficult wounds; flour beetle larva can digest plastic; several species of insects have been essential to the development of antibiotics. Insects turn dead plants and animals into soil. They pollinate flowers, including crops that we depend on. They provide food for other animals, such as birds and bats. They control organisms that are harmful to humans. Life as we know it depends on these small creatures.

With ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson as our capable, entertaining guide into the insect world, we’ll learn that there is more variety among insects than we can even imagine and the more you learn about insects, the more fascinating they become. Buzz, Sting, Bite is an essential introduction to the little creatures that make the world go round.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A charming meditation on a question the author—an entomologist—gets asked all the time: What good are bugs anyway?” New York Times Book Review
“A cornucopia of fascinating insights that paint a portrait of the deep interconnectedness of human culture with our six-legged friends.” Science
“Insects—from jewel beetles to stink bugs—present an embarrassment of riches, as ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson spectacularly proves. She tours their anatomy, reproduction, and more, delivering a hail of facts with brio and precision.” Nature
“A lively, witty, and discerning guide through the scientific lore surrounding some of the tiniest—though still very powerful—organisms on Earth.” Sierra Club magazine

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Author Bio: Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 7.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English