Book List – October 2023
Sometimes we’re fascinated by bugs and insects. Sometimes we’re horrified. But they are a vital part of our world. As summer fades to fall and our many legged friends head into hibernation this book list celebrates their contribution to our lives scientifically, historically, and artistically.
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob R. Dunn
Ecologist examines the role of flora and fauna, many microscopic, in the home. The book includes a discussion of why you really don’t want to remove all spiders from your home.
Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Man: A history of the hostilities since 1880 by Gordon A. Harrison
History of death-dealing insects and man’s struggle to eradicate them. In particular, the story of Sir Ronald Ross, who unlocked the secret of malaria.
Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage by Robert Michael Pyle
The author recounts tracking the annual monarch butterfly migration from British Columbia to Mexico.
Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets by Mark J. Plotkin
Describes substances derived from bugs, snakes, marine life, plants, and fungi that can be used in formulating chemical compounds that cure disease.
Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli
Investigates the environmental and economic impact of termites on human society.
Keeping Bees with a Smile: Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping by Fedor Lazutin
Guide to beekeeping practices that emphasizes paying close attention to and following the bees’ natural rhythms.
Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects by Jonathan Balcombe
Presents a deep exploration of the insect order Diptera, also known as flies.
The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams
Reveals the world of butterflies. Discusses their influence on scientific research, specializations within species, and the fascination they have for humans.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
A little girl who can talk with animals is devoted to Wilbur, the pig, and Charlotte, the spider who works to save Wilbur’s life. A sensitive story for children of all ages as well as adults.
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm, where they find friendship and healing.
Image Description: A collection of 15 cartoon bugs of all types in pastel colors against a light blue background.