Books: Bugs in the System by May Berenbaum

book, Bugs in the System, by May R. BerenbaumThis is a book that I read several weeks ago Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs is a breezy look at the taxonomy and economic impact of insects. The author, May R. Berenbaum, is an associate professor of entomology.

It’s so breezy that she thinks xylem and phloem are kinds of sap. But I was enlightened about the costs of controlling insects and the benefits of useful insects to our lives.

Prof. Berenbaum covers taxonomy, physiology (the physics of being very small), behavior and senses, social lives, herbivorous insects, predatory insects, parasites, other appetites, the effects of insects on people (e.g. diseases, pest control), and appreciating insects.

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