Date: 7/3/18 7:12 am
From: Norman Lavers <0000000a09e6b845-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book
Many thanks to you all for such kind words. It makes us so very happy to know that people are enjoying the book and putting it to use. Our hope is to get people to look more closely at insects because we have had (still have) so much pleasure observing and learning about them ourselves. All kudos for the writing and humor must go to Norman. I was able to supply half the photos, help a bit with editing and do the necessary computer stuff (I'm pretty incompetent at it but light-years ahead of Norman!), and I made all the p.b. sandwiches for our excursions!
If anyone feels like doing so then a review of the book on Amazon is apparently very helpful. Just don't mention you know us as that diminishes the value of the review.
Thanks again, we really appreciate hearing from you.
Cheryl (and Norman)"Chandelle" Jeff! I am definitely going to remember that word and slip it into an insect description some time.
On Monday, July 2, 2018, 3:58:18 PM CDT, Ann Gordon <chesterann...> wrote:

I second everything that Janine had to say.  I absolutely love this book.  It is truly like taking a walk with Norman and Cheryl and I heard their voices as I read it.  I purchased a copy for myself and another for my great-granddaughter.  Highly recommend!!

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

This is an overdue post in unreserved praise of a most wonderful book, new-products/100-insects-of- arkansas-and-the-midsouth- portraits-stories.
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.


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