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Innumerable Insects: The Story of the Most Diverse and Myriad Animals on Earth

Sterling. Oct. 2018. 232p. illus. index. ISBN 9781454923237. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781454933526. REF
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Engel (research affiliate, American Museum of Natural History; coauthor, Evolution of the Insects) explores the identification and classification of insects, along with habitat, habits, and life cycles. From gorgeously documented beetles and butterflies to Robert Hooke's detailed black-and-white flea, the illustrations from the museum's Rare Book Collection highlight diversity and specialized adaptations. Even the drawing of a giant cave cockroach (not native to the United States!) is captivating. Biographies of notable scientists and illustrators who contributed to insect knowledge appear occasionally.
VERDICT An engrossing addition for most libraries.

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