A Natural History of Insects in 100 Limericks - Pelagic Publishing

A Natural History of Insects in 100 Limericks

  • The ONLY book of entomological limericks
  • Packed full of accessible information on insects
  • Illustrated with beautiful line drawings
    £9.99
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    • This delightful collection of groan-worthy limericks, stylish line drawings and informative vignettes from the wonderfully strange word of insects is guaranteed to make you smile.
      —Professor Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in the Tale, Bee Quest, A Buzz in the Meadow and The Garden Jungle
    Subject: entomology
    Tags:
    • entomology
    • insects
    • limerick
    • natural history

    Description

    Insects are often overlooked because they are small or ignored because they are deemed trivial, and many are dismissed as nuisance pests. But their numbers and diversity are mind-numbing, and under even a modest hand lens they are beautiful or bizarre.

    Insects dominate the centre ground of all terrestrial and most aquatic ecosystems. They inform us of the conservation value of ancient woodland and chalk downland. They help monitor the purity or pollution levels of ponds, streams and rivers. And they can demonstrate the effects of climate change, acting as warning lights to alert us to the damage that humans are doing to the world. Recent insectageddon headlines are starting to make people sit up and take more notice.

    What better way to promote an interest in these fascinating creatures than by poetizing them? This cornucopia of discordant nonsense, with some quite frankly dubious rhyming clashes, is offered up so that entomological outreach will at least benefit from their shock value.

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    107 species limericks – from Wasp to Assassin Bug.
    Index

    Reviews

    • This delightful collection of groan-worthy limericks, stylish line drawings and informative vignettes from the wonderfully strange word of insects is guaranteed to make you smile.
      —Professor Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in the Tale, Bee Quest, A Buzz in the Meadow and The Garden Jungle
    • This book beautifully demonstrates the diversity of life-history, form and charm of the insect world. Through rhyme and factual essays, and illustrated with charming line drawings, this book is an addictive and jolly read for anyone with an intrigue for the little creatures that run the world!
      —Beulah Garner, Senior Curator Carabidae, Natural History Museum
    • I loved this book of insect limericks and fascinating facts! Entertaining and educational in equal measure, and a joy to read.
      —Jeff Ollerton, author of Pollinators and Pollination: Nature and Society
    • A little bit of entomological fun from the well-known naturalist Richard Jones.
      —Dr George McGavin, Entomologist, author and broadcaster
    • A lyrical snapshot of some insects found on this planet... An informative book on insects interwoven with some utterly nonsensical rhymes.
      —Dr Erica McAlister, BBC Wildlife
    • This deliciously oddball collection of limericks about 100 well-known and not so well-known UK insects. The limericks lie somewhere between sophistication and silliness... They might make you wince, they'll certainly make you smile and you might learn something at the same time.
      —Richard Rickitt, BeeCraft Magazine
    • Distinctly different... Useful and accurate... Fun to read.
      Bee Culture Magazine
    • 100 insects profiled with a line drawing, limerick and some basic factoids plus a few extra non-insect invertebrates thrown in for good measure at the end. Light reading to dip in for a bit of cheer.
      —The Buzz, Buglife
    • This sweet book by Jones and his son,
      Brings insects to everyone,
      With quick texts and nice pics,
      In your head they will fix,
      Insect knowledge imparted with fun!
      Bees for Development Journal

    About the Author

    Richard Jones is an entomologist and writer – he has a way with worms. And before some bright pedant chips in, there are plenty of quite legitimate insect worms: glow-worm, wood-worm, meal-worm, horn-worm, wire-worm, silk-worm, inch-worm.

    Calvin Ure-Jones has been on face-to-face and hand-to-bug terms with natural history all his young life, so when it came to drawing picture of insects he was raring to go.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 120 pages
    • 106 b/w illus
    • BISAC NAT017000, SCI025000, POE001000
    • BIC PSVT7, WNCN, DCQ