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A remarkable book about the natural history of insects
Did you know?
- Dance flies of the family Empididae court their mates by presenting them with silk-wrapped prey.
- Some moth-caterpillars will walk only on a path of silk - something humans can certainly aspire for!
- Insects were spinning silk 150 million years ago, even if it has been only 5000 years since humans discovered it
Silk, perhaps the most ubiquitous luxury item, is produced by one of Earth's grittiest species which has found ways to cope with a changing world. Since life evolved on this planet, there have been five major extinctions, but insects - since their arrival 400 million years ago - have not been amongst them. How have insects survived when species after species is going extinct. In a world faced with cataclysmic environmental changes, there is an increasing amount of interest in knowing the secrets of their survival.
In The Weavers, silk forms the central motif of an enquiry into the life of insects, their management practices, their mating rituals and ways of life. Generously sprinkled with oddities and eccentricities, this book is an invitation into their fascinating world.
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers India|
|File size:||6 MB|
About the Author
Geetha Iyer dons many hats. She is an ardent wildlife watcher, naturalist, author, teacher, and consultant in the twin fields of education and environment. A Zoology graduate with a Ph.D. in Education from Madras University, she enjoys writing and conducting workshops about the environment, education and natural history. Geetha was formerly the head of Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune. She pens articles on bringing biodiversity into the classroom in her bimonthly column for Teacher Plus. She also frequently writes about insects for Frontline and her first book, Satpada, Our World of Insects, is a great introduction to Indian insects. Geetha is a life member of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), India. She resides at the picturesque village of Suchindrum with her husband, and her dog, Simba.