Insectpedia: A Brief Compendium of Insect Lore

Eric R. Eaton

Insectpedia: A Fascinating Guide to Insects by Eric Eaton is a captivating collection of bite-sized stories about insects from around the world. Eaton explores the history, folklore, and latest discoveries in entomology. He highlights notable figures in the field, including trailblazing female professor Anna Botsford Comstock and French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre.

Through this portable encyclopedia, Eaton sheds light on the importance of insects, a topic that should be on everyone’s radar. These tiny creatures play essential roles in soil conditioning and pollination and may even become a vital source of protein in the future.

With its beautiful cloth-bound cover and intricate embossed insect design, this book is not only visually appealing but also a great value for its price. The detailed illustrations by Amy Jean Porter, a fellow insect enthusiast, add to the book‘s charm.

Eaton’s entertaining writing style transports readers through time and space. From ancient China’s cricket fighting to the Kalahari Desert’s collection of leaf beetle toxins, these stories offer a fascinating glimpse into insect-human interactions. The book also delves into lighter topics, like the history of cochineal production and a flea circus from the 1800s.

Insectpedia is suitable for readers of all ages who want to expand their knowledge of the environment. Discover the importance of brochosomes and how specific insects indicate water quality. Uncover the story of the western Australian jewel beetle’s survival through a surprising beer bottle connection.

This book is a valuable resource for young individuals fascinated by insects and can serve as an excellent addition to school libraries.

Although the late Edward O. Wilson is not included in this edition, future versions may rectify this omission.