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Insects and Flowers Paperback – June 5, 1991

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"For nonspecialists, especially for readers with an entomological bent, [this book] offers an enjoyable, interesting overview of pollination biology. Specialists will find it a convenient source of information on the biology of pollinating insects. . . . The author's style, excellently conveyed in translation, is sprightly and engaging. Numerous descriptions of experimental procedures and frequent references to the prominent investigators take the book beyond a `facts-only' approach."--Alexander F. Motten, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"The sometimes bizarre and fantastic ways in which flowers ensure pollination has been the material for numerous excellent books, most of them written from a botanical perspective. There is also, however, an equally interesting zoological side to the story.... Barth's book serves as an introduction to this world of insects and plants, highlighting many recent discoveries about their coevolution."--Bernd Heinrich, Orion Nature Quarterly

"Wonderfully interesting.... This book should reach the hands of all kinds of biologists, nature enthusiasts, and those gardeners who wonder about the whys and hows of their growing plants."--Alma L. Moldenke, Phytologia

"Once in a long while, a book comes along that is an unqualified delight. Insects and Flowers is such a book.... Examples of flower/insect partnerships are presented in lucid prose reminiscent of the best of Charles Darwin's expositions. This is scientific writing of an uncommonly high order."--R. F. Sutton, The Forestry Chronicle

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Science Library
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (June 5, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691025231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691025230
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on September 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book had been recommended by a naturalist from whom I was taking an insect class and I'm really glad I bought it. The pictures (both actual photos and drawings throughout) are terrific - really clear and add a lot to the text. The book walks through everything that goes on in the relationship between plants and insects. Here are just a few of the subjects covered:
- the kaleidescope of flower forms
- self-pollination and cross-pollination
- the pollen grain
- baskets, brushes and sweeping nachines
- nectar
- insects see colors
- bee colors and flower colors
- scent and smelling
- tasting with their feet
- learning and forgetting
- keeping track of time
- evolution of the Bee dance
The writing is very easy to read for the person who is not a scientist like me but who really wants to learn more about what really goes on between insects and plants. It goes deeper than most books but the text doesn't make you feel like you need a scientific dictionary to understand it. Very cool book.
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By Mani on January 4, 2013
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I like the book as this book was first recommended to me by adviser. The book gives basic to the advance level explanation how biological partnerships of insects and flowering plants occured in nature. The interaction and partnership on the course of evolution gives a ideal example of plant-pollinator relationship. M
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For botanists and all other plant lovers, this book is a wonderful resource. The author shares his love, deep appreciation and knowledge of relationships between flowers and their pollinators. The interdependence of plants and creatures is miraculous and marvelous.
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Format: Hardcover
A useful source of articles on the interaction of insects with flowers. A good description of the importance of flowers to the plant. Specific to the plants discussed, with general application beyond the plants addressed. Not so helpful to my more general needs.
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By Walter Ritchie on October 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great book! Full of in wonderful in depth info. Lots of pictures, many in color and lots of black and white diagrams illustrating the topic. I've really learn a lot and haven't even finished it all yet.
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