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Extreme Insects电子书

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作       者:Richard Jones

出  版  社:Collins

出版时间:2010-09-02

字       数:29.9万

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Insects are the most extreme organisms on Earth and, despite their diminutive size, they wield inordinate power. With the exception of the polar icecaps, every terrestrial ecosystem on earth is colonized by them, and they account for almost three-quarters of all named animals – that's one million species at the last count! This book is a celebration of the insect universe, exploring their amazing forms and functions, their fascinating behaviour and the enormous impact they have on our lives. With its lively and informative text, it looks at insects in all their extremes, from the biggest, fastest and fiercest to the best nest builder, most devious hunter and deadliest bride. Insects are extreme in numbers – a single leaf-cutter ant nest, the size of a large camper van, may contain seven million individuals working together as a single giant super-organism. Insects are extreme in their bizarre forms – the stalk-eyed fly, as its name suggests, carries its eyes on the end of two ludicrously long stalks. And insects are invariably extreme in behaviour – take for instance the giraffe-necked weevil that holds head-bobbing contests to win a mate. Yet there is always method in their apparent madness, as each strange form and function is an adaptation designed to solve the extreme pressures that arise through the struggle to survive in a world that is always dangerous, competitive and unforgiving.
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Cover

Title Page

Dedication

Contents

Introduction

Extreme Form

Oldest insect

Biggest insect

Longest insect

Whitest insect

Shiniest insect

Slimiest insect

Biggest blockhead

Most sexually dimorphic insect

Most mixed-up sexuality

Most bloated insect

Most seasonally dimorphic insect

Highest number of wings

Flattest insect

Most back-to-front insect

Longest ovipositor

Widest head

Brightest light generation

Most variable colour pattern

Bloodiest insect

Most beautiful insect

Longest head

Most streamlined insect

Loudest insect

Best hoverer

Ugliest insect

Largest jaws

Largest wingspan

Best camouflage

Most transparent wings

Hairiest legs

Snappiest jaws

Prettiest eyes

Most elegant eggs

Largest eye markings

Lightest footstep

Furriest insect

Most poisonous insect

Most heavily armoured insect

Longest wing tails

Best burrower

Smallest insect

Heaviest insect

Fastest flier

Fastest runner

Longest tongue

Smelliest insect

Most subterranean insect

Fastest wing-beat

Smallest egg

Largest egg

Spikiest insect

Biggest feet

Largest claws

Extreme Evolution

Most punctual insect

Giddiest insect

Most useful young

Best mutual coexistence

Largest overwintering congregation

Largest colony

Most generous nuptial gift

Best passenger

Most necrophilic insect

Cleverest digger

Most violent sex act

Biggest plant distortion

Best thermometer

Best architect

Cleverest drinker

Most dangerous egg-laying strategy

Most adventurous insect

Most disgusting habits

Most cold-tolerant insect

Most devious prey trap

Most untrusting sex act

Best sculptor

Most unusual foodstuff

Most extreme metamorphosis

Best eyesight

Best mimic

Biggest migration

Best wrestler

Largest swarm

Longest-lived adult

Shortest larval stage

Best kicker

Most organised society

Most unsavoury defecation behaviour

Shortest-lived adult

Most explosive insect

Longest sperm

Largest parasite

Highest heat tolerance

Most diverse life histories

Most bizarre reverse metamorphosis

Longest larval stage

Best jumper

Best dancer

Best thief

Most patient insect

Best sunbathing protection

Most widespread insect

Extreme Impact

Most useful scientific research tool

Most painful sting

Most revered insect

Most boring insect

Most eaten by humans

Most (un)wanted

Best human aphrodisiac

Most confusing insect

Most sinister insect

Most misplaced insect

Oldest surviving insect specimen

Most bewitching insect

Most important averted plague

Most unusually represented in art

Most musical insect

Most helpful clean-up

Worst plague

Most unusual mode of range extension

Most embarrassing insect

Most dangerous insect

Most valuable service

Most diverse insect fauna

Most irritating insect

Most valuable insect product

Most medically useful insect

Most dermatologically useful insect

Most dramatic recovery from near-extinction

Most forensic insect

Worst infestation of a person

Best example of evolution in action

Most endangered species

Most destructive insect

Most diverse group

Rarest insect

Index

Stop Press

Acknowledgements

Copyright

About the Publisher

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