Amazing insects: the secret world of invertebrates.
London: New Holland, 2009.
Quarto, dustwrapper, 192 pp. colour photographs.
WAS $70. This sophisticated photographic anthology chronicles the behaviour of European invertebrates in their natural habitats over the course of three seasons with vibrant close-up photography. The stunning images leap off the page and give the reader a real glimpse into the world of our six and eight-legged neighbours as they hunt, mate and survive. Few, if any, coffee-table books on the subject manage to capture the magic, candid moments of these creatures, including praying mantises, bush-crickets, Stag Beetles, Glow-worms and Wasp Spiders. The book is also richly enhanced with text from 19th-century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre, whose prose is both poetic and scientific.