In this highly readable, as well as highly informative book, Goulson makes clear how the lives of every species (some of them insects) are woven together with those of other animals, plants, fungi, viruses and bacteria. His story focusses mainly on a small area of undamaged meadows in France. Did you know that some flowers offer thermal rewards for bees - providing a cosy place to sleep overnight and warming quickly in the morning? Only in the closing part of the book are the effects of insecticides discussed. Who knew, for example, that in the UK, urban trees are sometimes injected with neonicotinoids to prevent the aphids whose honey dew might prove unsightly and sticky for parked cars? Keeping urban cars clean surely comes at a great cost for aphid-eating insects and birds. A very well written and enlightening book.
- Paperback, 2014
- 266 pages