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Buzz, Sting, Bite
Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects | Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
7 posts | 4 read | 5 to read
An enthusiastic, witty, and informative introduction to the world of insects and why weand the planet we inhabitcould not survive without them. Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom. They live everywheredeep inside caves, 18,000 feet high in the Himalayas, inside computers, in Yellowstones hot springs, and in the ears and nostrils of much larger creatures. There are insects that have ears on their knees, eyes on their penises, and tongues under their feet. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them. Most of us know that we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate. The ink that was used to write the Declaration of Independence was derived from galls on oak trees, which are induced by a small wasp. The fruit fly was essential to medical and biological research experiments that resulted in six Nobel prizes. Blowfly larva can clean difficult wounds; flour beetle larva can digest plastic; several species of insects have been essential to the development of antibiotics. Insects turn dead plants and animals into soil. They pollinate flowers, including crops that we depend on. They provide food for other animals, such as birds and bats. They control organisms that are harmful to humans. Life as we know it depends on these small creatures. With ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson as our capable, entertaining guide into the insect world, well learn that there is more variety among insects than we can even imagine and the more you learn about insects, the more fascinating they become. Buzz, Sting, Bite is an essential introduction to the little creatures that make the world go round.
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NotCool
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This is a fun, gross book on insects. And it brought up things I‘d never heard of before, like the Maggot King! The Maggot King was a man who claimed that inhaling fumes maggots release while eating could cure tuberculosis. That‘s a difficult conversation to have with patients.

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Setting aside the glaring error that made me question everything else in the entire book (see previous post), I found this book unsatisfying. It needs more depth to the science. As a quick read to induce people to give some thought to insect worth I guess it‘s ok, but by the end I just felt like I‘d had a very superficial experience that I wanted to be so much more.

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ravenlee
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Another error - I would guess this ship ran aground, rather than around.

rabbitprincess Now I'm picturing a ship running aimlessly! 😂🏃🏼⛴ 2mo
charl08 Maybe it needed to let off some steam...?! 2mo
JCPaulk Makes me feel better when my own editor overlooks things! 2mo
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ravenlee
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Uh, no - actually, Ariadne is a completely different character from Greek mythology. You‘re looking for Arachne, from whom we derive “arachnid.”

Now I‘m questioning everything else I‘m reading, because if neither the author nor anyone involved in the editing process caught this blatant error, what else is wrong?

Hooked_on_books I hate it when that happens! I do the same thing—look at everything else with skepticism. Hopefully it‘s just a missed typo. 🤞🏼 2mo
LoverofLit Ugh I hate catching things like that. It can ruin the whole book for me 😥 2mo
Tonton You can‘t unsee those mistakes and a total turnoff on the book. 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
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The environment is always on my mind- ask my kids! I became a vegetarian in 1989 for environmental reasons. Greta Thunberg is a hero. When @Booksnchill just recommended the tagged book I thought I‘d put together my environmental TBR and share it - has anyone read these? Other recommendations? #loveyourmotherearth #thereisnoplanetB

twohectobooks This Changes Everything is quite good, although I don‘t agree with her about everything she says in the book. 2mo
twohectobooks I also recommend Managing Without Growth, although it‘s pretty dry. It‘s a much more robust examination of what needs to be done economically to get to a sustainable place. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @twohectobooks thanks! I stacked it. What did you disagree with in This Changes Everything? (Curious- I have not read it.) 2mo
Booksnchill Great idea! 2mo
Chrissyreadit @Booksnchill jump in! I will add a hashtag to my post just in case.... 2mo
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Ericalambbrown
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AAAS science blog shared reviews of three books books on our insect neighbors, including the tagged book. The blog is from July, but I‘ve not seen these before. They look wonderful! Sharing the link for those interested:

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2019/07/23/small-wonders/

ravenlee Interesting! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
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Mitch
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