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Honestly, this was an fantastic read. As somebody already passionate about science and biology, and all creatures great and small, naturally I was interested. The book provides an insightful review on numerous insects, and is very thoughtful in the knowledge it provides. Dr. Clouse is clearly very knowledgeable on the subject, and having watched his Youtube videos, as well as gone through his National Geographic and Google Citations pages, I can say that he is certainly very intellectual and passionate about invertebrates, primarily those he performs his research on (ants and harvestmen).
I do believe I've learnt a lot about the creatures talked about in the book, and it has really improved my general knowledge of, and given me a whole new view on invertebrates! I would certainly recommend the book for anybody studying any relevant courses, as it is very useful and could provide a lot of helpful information!
For those who are getting serious about their inverts, this book is invaluable. The vast field of invertebrate zoology covers many separate disciplines which have each developed in their own way, inventing terminology that persons outside that particular field may have never encountered before. Specialists have, through long familiarity with their area of focus, learned "their terms", but a newcomer may be stumped when first encountering a term not found in ordinary dictionaries. So where does one go to understand these terms? Until this book was created, one had to locate a comprehensive text in whatever field in question - if you could find one - and hope it had a glossary in the back. Or take your chances on a web search. Dr. Clouse's handy-sized paperback makes no claim to be exhaustively comprehensive, but rather includes the terms of most use to people beginning their investigation of a group of animals so they can become more comfortable with the literature and successfully forge ahead in their learning. Thumbs up to Dr. Clouse for this little gem!