Olaf Fritsche

THE INSECT COLLECTOR

Humming, buzzing. Amazing.

“The coming of the insects marks the beginning of spring; their departure marks the end of autumn. Some enthral us with their bright colours, others ruin our picnics. The song of some help us drift off to sleep at night while the stings of others keep us awake. Insects accompany us throughout the warmer months. Without insects, summer as we know it wouldn’t exist They are the summer.”

Some insects we love, others we avoid. But for years we’ve known that our species is dependent on insects for our survival. Which insects could you name at the drop of a hat and which have you never seen before? This wonderfully illustrated book has a natural home on your coffee table, but it’s more useful in your pocket on your next walk through nature following the busy sounds of insects humming and buzzing around you. This volume shows not only on the widely loved insects like butterflies, bees and ladybirds. An equally vital part in this story is played by midges, fishflies, silverfishes and dung beetles, each carefully presented in a series of original portraits. After spending some time with this delightful book, we realise that although they can be annoying, a life on this planet without insects would be lonely and not much fun…

 

 

Olaf Fritsche

Olaf Fritsche

Olaf Fritsche is a biophysicist and science writer with a PhD in biology. After completing his studies, he joined the staff of Spektrum der Wissenschaft. He later became a freelance science journalist published in many newspapers, magazines and online publications writing about the latest scientific research. Olaf Fritsche also writes university-level biology and medical textbooks. Rowohlt has published several of his non-fiction works.

 

 

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