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Insect Masquerades

By (author) Hilda Simon, Michael Bowra
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Century Hutchinson (A Division of Random House Group), London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Frederick Muller Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 1969
Dimensions: w 160mm h 240mm
ISBN-10: 058462025X
ISBN-13: 9780584620252
Barcode No: 9780584620252

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Where does the insect begin and the flower (or leaf or branch) end? Which is the dangerously armed insect and which is the mimic? Exploring three classic forms of camouflage - to disappear and entrap, to attract and entrap, to disappear and avoid attack - and the startling imitation of a stronger by a weaker species. Miss Simon illustrates her examples with such acuity that the reader is left blinking. This is neither a dossier of disguises nor a guide to the species mentioned; rather it's an introduction to an intriguing aspect of evolution which focuses on the why and how of adaptations within characteristic groups (especially the mantis among the cannibals, moths and butterflies among the defensive disappearers, other butterflies, moths and beetles among the mimics). A disjunct chapter displays various insects of bizarre appearance (resulting from hypertrophic growth): the concluding section offers tips on spying the more common species among the masqueraders. Not essential but it might be a ball for the entomologically-alert youngster. (Kirkus Reviews)