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" Lynch’s beautiful and informative guide is a must for fans of nature photography and perfect for tourists planning to travel to the islands."
— Publishers Weekly
(Starred Review)


February 12th is International Darwin Day, and our book of the month for February is Galapagos: A Traveler’s Introduction by renowned wildlife photographer and award-winning science writer Wayne Lynch.

Galapagos: A Traveler’s Introduction is an impressive tribute to the fascinating archipelago where Darwin did much of the fieldwork that contributed to his theory of evolution by natural selection.

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Dr. McAlister has captured her affection for the Diptera in The Secret Life of Flies, a short, rich book by turns informative and humorous, both a hymn of praise to her favourite creatures and a gleeful attempt to give readers the willies.”
—   New York Times


2019 has been named the International Year of the Fly, so we thought it only fitting to make The Secret Life of Flies by Erica McAlister our first Book of the Month of the new year.

In The Secret Life of Flies, entomology expert McAlister draws readers into the hidden world of pollinators, devious predators, and champions of dung, using a unique blend of playful humour, deft storytelling, and rigorous science to explore one of nature’s most complex and highly adaptive insects.

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Much like the band that adopted their name, beetles are everywhere.

Aside from Antarctica, where there are no extant beetle species, it is possible to find these insects across every continent. At least 4 out of every 5 animal species alive today belong to the winged insect class known as Coleoptera, and there are around 400,000 named beetle species

The name Coleoptera comes from the Greek words for sheath (coleo) and wing (ptera), while “beetle” comes from the Old English word for “biter” and refers to the well-developed mandibles of most Coleoptera.

In his new book Beetles: The Natural History & Diversity of Coleoptera, Stephen A. Marshall doesn’t just discuss the linguistic history of these interesting insects, he also delves deep into their natural history, evolution, and behaviour in a must-have addition to any entomology library.

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