Alien Worlds: How Insects Conquered the Earth, and Why Their Fate Will Determine Our Future
A beautifully illustrated journey into the hidden realm of insects
Life on Earth depends on the busy activities of insects, but global populations of these teeming creatures are currently under threat, with grave consequences for us all. Alien Worlds presents insects and other arthropods as you have never seen them before, explaining how they conquered the planet and why there are so many of them, and shedding light on the evolutionary marvels that enabled them to thrive. Blending glorious imagery with entertaining and informative science writing, this book takes you inside the hidden realm of insects and reveals why their fate carries profound implications for our own.
- Spectacular photos provide a rare, up-close look at the alien worlds of insects
- Sheds light on the origins and wondrous diversity of insects
- Discusses how insects first took to the air and colonised the far corners of our planet
- Explores the extraordinary sensory world of insects
- Explains the remarkable success of social insects, from termites and ants to bees and wasps
About the Author
Steve Nicholls is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director of acclaimed wildlife documentaries such as Appalachia: The Endless Forest. A Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, he is the author of Flowers of the Field: A Secret History of Meadow, Moor and Wood and Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery.