Alien Worlds: How Insects Conquered the Earth, and Why Their Fate Will Determine Our Future

Princeton Univ. Aug. 2023. 496p. ISBN 9780691253589. $39.95. SCI
Emmy Award–winning producer/director and entomologist Nicholls (Flowers of the Field: A Secret History of Meadow, Moor and Wood) comprehensively describes the social behaviors, structure, and evolution of insects and their natural abilities. The author’s natural storytelling style portrays the history and development of insects from a scientific perspective, but he describes their actions in highly engaging and easy-to-understand terms. Readers new to the field of entomology receive a thorough introduction, and those more knowledgeable about this branch of zoology are treated to explanations that seamlessly merge the world of insects with those of plants and humans. The illustrations and photos enhance what is already a captivating book.
VERDICT Readers will likely be engrossed by this book’s details and the colors showcased in its breathtaking photographs and illustrations, which may also be unnerving to some. An essential addition for academic libraries and natural sciences collections.
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