Spineless Wonders

Spineless Wonders

Strange Tales From the Invertebrate World

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A nature journalist travels to such places as Arizona, Florida, and the upper Amazon region, documenting his encounters with the housefly, the tarantula, squid, the leech, the worm, the moth, and other invertebrates. 10,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
We humans have a word for the feeling, whether actual or imagined, that creepy invertebrates are crawling over our skin. That word is formication, and the implied sense of horror and fascination, contends Richard Conniff, is something many of us actually crave. His Spineless Wonders presents an "unabashed wallow in the joy of formication."
Spineless Wonders is an engaging, sophisticated, and humorous mix of natural history and human lore. Through his journalistic assignments, Richard Conniff has been in contact with invertebrates for more than twenty years - tarantulas in the upper Amazon region, dragonflies in Arizona, squid in Florida, and flies on the rim of his beer glass.
Discoveries about the extraordinary habits and idiosyncrasies of the moth, the leech, the ant, and the slime eel are opening new frontiers in the exploration of our natural universe. Spineless Wonders takes us directly to these wild and wonderful outposts to observe the hazards of being around invertebrates, the bizarre adaptions that enable them to survive in the world, and also the astonishing work they do - work that enables us to survive.

& Taylor

Describes unusual physical and behavioral characteristics of such creatures as worms, fleas, spiders, squid, earwigs, cockroaches, leeches, and mollusks

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1996
ISBN: 9780805042184
Branch Call Number: 592 CON
Characteristics: xi, 222p. : ill., 22cm


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Nature writer Conniff profiles a selection of creepy crawlies and the scientists who study them. In doing so he illuminates the fascinating characteristics of leeches, moths, dragonflies, hagfish, and other unsung members of the animal kingdom.

Ham625 Jan 11, 2015

An interesting and fun book.

Mar 10, 2014

Fascinating book about common and uncommon insects or creatures that will both amuse and horrify readers of any kind. Conniff has an amusing way of phrasing words that makes you more fascinated with insect behavior and abilities.


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