Wishful Wednesday, 11 August

The meme is hosted by Brooke Bluestocking Guide.
This week my wish is highly unusual but nevertheless I find it very interesting. As I’ve been recently stung by a wasp I would like to read a book about instects – these really creepy and alien creatures, leading mostly invisible life right next to us. Do you find vampires exciting? Check out some simple facts from the life of an ordinary spider and you might be very surprised indeed! The book is entitled “Insectopedia” and it was written by Hugh Raffles.
Cover of Cover of Insectopedia

  Let me quote the expert opinion here, published on the page of  Amazon.com:

“Insectopedia is one of the most remarkable books I have read in a long time. Like its subject, it is many things, all of them fascinating. First, it is a reference book of the first order: it is loaded with facts–some profound, others curious, and still others laugh-out-loud funny. Insectopedia is also part personal memoir, scientific detective story, and even cultural study. We travel the Amazon, visit Chernobyl, and enter laboratories and sidewalk cafes in search of insects and the ideas and cultures they inspire. Insects stir eerie fascination: they are beautiful, disgusting, important, and annoying. To some they are tasty. To others they are a source of sexual fetish. Who knew? In Raffles’s hands insects become windows into our culture, science, health–even our psyche. In each page of Insectopedia, the more we learn of insects, the more we come to face–and sometimes even challenge–our own views of the world.
Hugh Raffles‘s work stands alone for what it says both about its subject and about us. After reading Insectopedia, it’s hard to look at a cricket, a bumblebee, and a human being the same way ever again. I adored the book. What an accomplishment. And I thought I knew insects… –Neil Shubin”

Calliphora hilli Portrait, Austin's Ferry, Tas...Image via Wikipedia






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8 Responses to Wishful Wednesday, 11 August

  1. I like bugs. They are fascinating creatures! Thanks for participating.

  2. anachronist says:

    I share your fascination – I even let the wasp that stung me escape scot free.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    Bugs are scary! 😉 I am so glad we only have tiny ones

  4. anachronist says:

    On the other hand, though, they are fascinating and with the global warming you never know when you are going to meet those bigger ones in your home. It's better to be prepared!

  5. The bugs will be the ones to survive any climate disasters. I am hoping not to find bigger and nastier bugs up North. It is bad enough that we have black flies and deer flies.

  6. anachronist says:

    The bugs will be the ones to survive any climate disastersUndoubtedly they will, at least some of them!

  7. Tracy says:

    If I get stung by a wasp, I start reading about allergic reactions, whilst reaching for the Piriton, and the paracetamol for the headache I always seem to get! But this book sounds pretty interesting – definitely my kind of book.

  8. anachronist says:

    f I get stung by a wasp, I start reading about allergic reactions, whilst reaching for the Piriton, and the paracetamol for the headache I always seem to get! Fortunately I am not allergic to wasp venom – I get some swelling and it passes after a day or two.

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