Dinosaurs, notwithstanding toothy, didn't rule the earth—and neither do people. yet what have been and are the genuine potentates of our planet? bugs, says Scott Richard Shaw—millions
of insect species. beginning within the shallow oceans of old Earth and finishing within the a ways reaches of outer space—where, Shaw proposes, insect-like extraterrestrial beings could have completed related preeminence—Planet of the Bugs
spins a sweeping account of bugs’ evolution from humble arthropod ancestors into the insects we all know and love (or worry and hate) today.
Leaving no stone unturned, Shaw explores how evolutionary thoughts resembling small physique dimension, wings, metamorphosis, and parasitic habit have enabled bugs to disperse broadly, occupy more and more slender niches, and live on worldwide catastrophes of their upward thrust to dominance. via buggy stories by way of turns extraordinary and comical—from caddisflies that build transportable homes or weave silken aquatic nets to catch floating particles, to parasitic wasp larvae that strengthen within the blood of host bugs and, by way of storing waste items of their rear ends, may be able to put off defecation until eventually once they emerge—he not just reveals how alterations in our planet’s geology, flowers, and fauna contributed to bugs’ good fortune, but in addition how, in go back, bugs got here to form terrestrial ecosystems and magnify biodiversity. certainly, in his visits to hyperdiverse rain forests to focus on the present insect extinction quandary, Shaw reaffirms simply how an important those tiny beings are to planetary wellbeing and fitness and human survival.
In this age of honeybee die-offs and bedbugs hitching rides within the spines of library books, Planet of the Bugs charms with humor, affection, and perception into the world’s six-legged creatures, revealing a vital significance that resonates throughout time and space.