Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781789141610 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Wasp

Richard Jones

Wasp

Richard Jones

Distributed for Reaktion Books

208 pages | 80 color plates, 20 halftones | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781789141610 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.95 ISBN: 9781789141887 Published November 2019
Our fear and fascination with wasps set them apart from other insects. Despite their iconic form and distinctive colors, they are surrounded by myth and misunderstanding. Often portrayed in cartoon-like stereotypes bordering on sad parody, wasps have an unwelcome and undeserved reputation for aggressiveness bordering on vindictive spite. This mistrust is deep-seated in a human history that has awarded commercial and spiritual value to other insects, such as bees, but has failed to recognize any worth in wasps.

Leading entomologist Richard Jones redresses the balance in this enlightening and entertaining guide to the natural and cultural history of these powerful arthropod carnivores. Jones delves into their complex nesting and colony behavior, their fascinating caste system, and their major role at the center of many food webs. Drawing on up-to-date scientific concepts and featuring many striking color illustrations, Jones pushes past the sting, showing exactly why wasps are worthy of greater understanding and appreciation.
Review Quotes
Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine
"In Wasp, Jones provides an entertaining look at the fascination and fear that surrounds wasps. . . . The book investigates the biology and ecology of wasps, their representation in human culture, and attempts to answer the question 'what is the point of wasps?' . . . Jones provides good evidence and a well-structured argument as to why the persecution of these wasps must cease. This book is an important contribution to our reeducation: we need a better understanding of vespid hymenopterans and their functional value within healthy ecosystems. And it also reawakens the ethical questions surrounding humanity’s right to persecute other species."
Irish Beekeeper
"I was very glad to find a readable, scholarly, and interesting book about wasps. Beekeepers tend to have a negative view of these close bee-relatives, but recently I have begun to realize how very unfair this view may be. . . . Beautifully illustrated throughout. . . . Jones has a rare gift in being able to impart his knowledge to the reader in such a refreshing way."
Pest Magazine
"Leading entomologist Jones redresses the balance in this enlightening and entertaining guide to the natural and cultural history of these powerful carnivores. He delves into their complex nesting and colony behavior, their unique caste system, and their major role at the center of many food webs. Drawing on up-to-date scientific concepts, he successfully shows exactly why wasps are worthy of greater understanding and appreciation."
British Journal of Entomology and Natural History
"A well-researched and enthusiastically written addition to the Reaktion series on Animals. The format is highly distinctive, with a mixture of natural history, science, art, and folklore."
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