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Buzz, Sting, Bite

Why We Need Insects
Lu par : Kristin Millward
Durée : 7 h et 15 min

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An enthusiastic, witty, and informative introduction to the world of insects and why we - and the planet we inhabit - could not survive without them.

Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom. They live everywhere - deep inside caves, 18,000 feet high in the Himalayas, inside computers, in Yellowstone’s hot springs, and in the ears and nostrils of much larger creatures. There are insects that have ears on their knees, eyes on their penises, and tongues under their feet. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them.

Most of us know we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate. The ink that was used to write the Declaration of Independence was derived from galls on oak trees, which are induced by a small wasp. The fruit fly was essential to medical and biological research experiments that resulted in six Nobel prizes. Blowfly larva can clean difficult wounds; flour beetle larva can digest plastic; several species of insects have been essential to the development of antibiotics. Insects turn dead plants and animals into soil. They pollinate flowers, including crops on which we depend. They provide food for other animals, such as birds and bats. They control organisms that are harmful to humans. Life as we know it depends on these small creatures.

With ecologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson as our capable, entertaining guide into the insect world, we’ll learn there is more variety among insects than we can even imagine, and the more you learn about insects, the more fascinating they become. Buzz, Sting, Bite is an essential introduction to the little creatures that make the world go round.

©2019 Anne Sverdrop-Thygeson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • 17/07/2019

Content is very interesting

The content is very interesting. The salacious innuendos are annoying when discussing how the insects procreate. The narrator's voice is extremely annoying - to the point where I wanted to stop listening despite the facts being so interesting.

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