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Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World

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A book by Richard Conniff

Leeches, fire ants, dragonflies and mosquitoes; slime eels, giant squids, earthworms and fleas--this gallery of creepy-crawlies is enough to give anyone nightmares. Yet in his new book,Spineless Wonders, author Richard Conniff succeeds in making his … see full wiki

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Author: Richard Conniff
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Science
Publisher: Owl Publishing Company
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Bugs, bugs, bugs

  • Jul 16, 2010
For a while, I'd wanted to read a good overview of the insect world. After searching for a newer book, I finally came across Richard Conniff Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World, which fit the bill. Conniff's goal is to show that invertebrates are as amazing than most of the charismatic megafauna we all know and love. In fact, many of these bugs are even more incredible, with complex chemical tricks and the ability to undertake great physical leaps and bounds (relative to their size of course). Conniff's writing style is very easy to read and the book is intended for a wider audience (I suspect it might bore more initiated readers). I was disappointed that a few major bugs were not included in the book, particularly Scorpions, but I guess the book had to cut something out. Overall, a fun read and good beginning book if you are curious about the insect world.

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