When most people think of insects, they picture swarms of annoying, biting mosquitoes or voracious carpenter ants eating away at houses. But the world of insects is much more: a fascinating realm of more than a million species. The incredible diversity and adaptability of insects have helped them exist in a variety of environments and in adverse conditions. Evidence of insects exists in fossil records dating back millions of years, and they persist today in vast numbers despite humans' attempts to control them. And while many people still view them as mere pests, insects are also valued for the vital roles they play in the food chain, pollinating plants and preying on other insects. This vividly illustrated volume offers a guided tour of the insect world, examining a variety of species from across the globe. With 86 color photographs, this informative guide offers a lively introduction to the world of insects.
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