Find your next favorite audiobook

Become a member today and listen free for 30 days
Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects


Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

ratings:
4.5/5 (52 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781508294306
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 everywhere—deep 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.

Released:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781508294306
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Ås, Norway, as well as a scientific advisor for The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA. She has a Doctorate degree in conservation biology and lectures on nature management and forest biodiversity. Extraordinary Insects is her first commercial book.



Reviews

What people think about Buzz, Sting, Bite

4.5
52 ratings / 9 Reviews
What did you think?
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    A book we all need to read ‘see’ with new eyes of awareness.
  • (5/5)
    It's a really fun way to learn about the importance of insects.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing insight into the world and importance of insects. This completely changed my world view about them. I strongly recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    A very broad topic reduced to just a few hours, but very informative and entertaining. Flies reduce all their food to a liquid with their feet. Bettles are the janitors of the forest. Wasps chew wood to make it into a pulp to form symetrical hexagons. This is a very compelling case for the importance of insects in the world and why people should value their existence.
  • (5/5)
    An ingenius and marvelous book, with funny quotations and appropiate information
  • (5/5)
    I have to say that I've never been a big fan of bugs but I guess you don't need to be exceptionally cool or beautiful to get the work done. This book is an eye opener and never again will I think about bugs demeaningly. Thanks guys, respect!