An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.
Insects play such an integral role in the efficient functioning of nature that it is impossible to envision the world without them. Yet we attempt to keep as far away from most insects as possible and are vaguely embarrassed as well as sometimes discomforted when they come too close. Berenbaum, head of the Entomology Dept. at the U. of Illinois, writes with wit and humor about insects, noting the harmful aspects of our interactions with them as well as the obvious benefits we derive from such creatures as honeybees and silkworms, and including the hidden benefits, probably the most important of which is the pollination of plants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)