The Insect Epiphany

How Our Six-Legged Allies Shape Human Culture
by Barrett Klein

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From entomologist Barrett Klein comes a buzz-worthy exploration of the many ways insects have affected human society, history, and culture

Insects surround us. They fuel life on Earth through their roles as pollinators, predators, and prey, but rarely do we consider the outsize influence they have had on our culture and civilization....

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Published By Timber Press

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 368

Publication Date 10/15/2024

ISBN 9781643261362

Dimensions 6.85 inches x 9.4 inches

The Insect Epiphany has substantially broadened my appreciation of insects, with a fascinating dive into the services—beyond the ecological ones—that they perform. Indeed, this book has given me my own unexpected epiphany that insects have impacted human cultures and molded our lives in myriad ways I hadn’t imagined.”

— Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope

The Insect Epiphany is exceptionally beautiful, deeply enlightening, and just a little bizarre.  If you're a stranger to Barrett Klein, entomologist and artist extraordinaire, then this book is an ideal way to make his acquaintance and enjoy his special knowledge.”

— Thomas D. Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy

"Playful, erudite, endlessly imaginative, and written with exacting clarity, The Insect Epiphany is overflowing with fascinating information and deep scholarly knowledge. An enthralling ride, it will change how you think about insects and, perhaps more importantly, it will also change how you think about yourself."

— Hugh Raffles, author of Insectopedia

“A personal—and personable—guide to cultural entomology. ‘Tour de force’ doesn’t do The Insect Epiphany justice. It’s a triumph!”

— May Berenbaum, National Medal of Science award–winning entomologist