A Natural History of Insects in 100 Limericks

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

Shipped from UK/EU or USA depending on your location

Subject: entomology
  • Coming Soon
  • entomology
  • insects
  • limerick
  • natural history


Insects are the tiny cogs that run the world. Often overlooked as insignificant, these creatures exist in mind-numbing diversity and incalculable numbers. They occur everywhere: from seashore to mountaintop, Arctic tundra to equatorial rainforest, riverbank to desert. Insects dominate the centre ground of all terrestrial and most aquatic ecological food webs. They have an immense impact on plant-growth across the globe, they eat each other and are eaten by other animals. Some are crucial pollinators, others destroy crops. Some spread disease, others recycle dung and decaying matter. They are everywhere and they affect everything. But general human awareness of insects is low. Insects are seen as ‘other’ – alien, trivial or noxious irritant specks. Yet in trying to understand these abundant and varied animals, it is possible to get a much clearer picture of the world, the environment and human impacts on it.

Limericks are fun, accessible and understandable by all. Their short form and proscribed structure make them immediately recognizable, while poetic license can be stretched to improbable limits when it comes to slightly clashing rhymes. The limerick is used to draw in the reader, but a paragraph of explanatory text then explains key scientific features of the insect in question. These micro-poems will give you a new perspective on insect life.

The book is illustrated by simple but striking pictures by the author’s son, who was only 13 at the time.

Table of Contents

100 species limericks – from Wasp to Assassin Bug.

About the Author

Richard Jones is an entomologist and writer. A fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a past president of the British Entomological Society, he has written many books including Beetles (Collins New Naturalist series), House guests: house pests (Bloomsbury), Call of nature: the secret life of dung (Pelagic Publishing), Wasp and Mosquito (both in the acclaimed Reaktion Animal Series).

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 pictures of insects he was raring to go.

Bibliographic Information

  • 112 pages
  • 100 b/w illus
  • BISAC NAT017000, SCI025000, POE001000