Date: 7/2/18 4:13 pm
From: Jeffrey Short <bashman...>
Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book
I had contacted the authors directly with my accolades. It is on our coffee table for all visitors to peruse.

I hope the sequel will include June Bugsā€¦

Jeff Short

PS Today I watched Bumblebee-mimicking Robber Fly at close range. (Where was my camera?) When I moved to get it, the mimic turned its head and gave me a chilling stare. Then launched at me and pulling a chandelle at the last moment.

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Leslie Peacock
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2018 2:58 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 2:58 PM, Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> wrote:

Please tell me how much is the book and how to order it, even though I saw the original post about it being published.

Thanks, and I'll plan to get a copy.

Bill Thurman

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 14:49 Janine Perlman <jpandjf...> wrote:

This is an overdue post in unreserved praise of a most wonderful book,
The two hours it took me to savor it cover to cover were some of the most enjoyable and compelling reading I can recall. For those who haven't yet read it, Norman and Cheryl have chosen representative species from nine insect orders, and offer "portraits and stories" of each. The portraits are photographic and verbal, which, merging with the stories, are riveting narratives that variously include habitat, anatomy, life history, habits, reproduction, food, behavior, parasites, and defenses against predators---a glimpse of each species' niche in the larger ecology that is home to all of us.

Better informed thanks to the book, I'm noticing with new eyes and more interest the insects I encounter every day. The species described in "100 Insects..." are generally representative of many related ones also found in Arkansas, and I expect to continue to regularly use the book as a reference.

The stories are not merely fascinating and brimming with the Laverses' quiet passion for their subjects; they are also peppered with sly, gentle, often self-effacing humor. The reader ends up with much affection, gratitude and admiration, for both the insects and the authors.



Leslie Peacock

Managing Editor

Arkansas Times


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