I have read large numbers of insect books, and this is my absolute favorite. Cover to cover, it is an interesting and informative book. The photography is simply stunning and amazing, and the text is easy to read and well planned to cater to the well informed entomologist and amateur alike. It describes all aspects of beetle lives, with special emphasis on how many beetles there are in the world and how they effect human cultures in ways we rarely notice. Anyone who has any interest in beetles, insects in general, or excellent photography should get ahold of a copy of this book. I assure you that you won't regret it!
If a single example of every living species, plant and animal, were lined up, every fifth organism would be a beetle! This amazingly beautiful book combines fascinating natural history about the most common form of life on earth with spectacular photographs. Brings the appreciation of beetles closer to the way many of us already feel about birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Look closely--beauty lies beneath our feet. This is a coffee table art book simply in a class by itself. It is rich in content as well as beauty.
I am very interested in insects and entomology! I have bought some books on the subject, but they all were way too scientific and dry, with little photographs.
This book is SO different! The text is written in an easy, understandable language, and almost on every other page there are photo ARTWORK of our precious, beautiful beetles. You get to know a lot about beetles in a fun way, also snippets of interesting trivia not mentioned in other entomology books.
Wow, this book is good enough to be bought for just the photographs alone! They are truly stunning-set with complementary backgrounds, and balanced lighting with high quality crisp graphic images. This book really shows the Beetle order to be one of the most amazing and diverse of all life on earth. But it's not just a pretty 'coffee table book', no, it's full of facts and scientific information about beetles, their varieties, habitats, importance in the world; anatomy, biology, relationships with human cultures, and their unending beauty and forms. It appears well researched and full of clear concise information, not to mention page after page of 'WOW' factor pictures. I think it would be good for any enthusiast or novice alike.
Very good value for a used book. Photographs very good in the context of their age. The text is well written and interesting. In a more modern book I would have expected more technical information. e.g. An expanded account of physical and chemical colouration. More detailed physiology..
The book is an excellent cover of beetles. The pictures and text went well together. The only disappinting thing was some of the pages had been ripped out of the book which was sold as used in good condition.