Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles
176pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
The drought and the bushfires have certainly taken their toll on the wildlife of this country and the devastating effect on the environment is nightly news. But while the trees are slowly recovering there are some species that never will, species that we seldom give a lot of thought to in the way that koalas and kangaroos capture our attention. For just as their habitat has been destroyed so has that of the insect world, although theirs is an ongoing worldwide invisible demise.
While there is acknowledgement that the planet’s life-givers, bees are disappearing, they aren’t the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This middle grade nonfiction explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects. Exploring human causes to natural occurrences Mark Kurlansky shows just how much bugs matter to our world. While it might be a natural instinct to swat a fly or a mosquito and deliberately eliminate those that carry disease, each life contributes to another life and in this book the author explores that interdependence and why it needs to be preserved.
An interesting perspective and insight into the insect world that shines a new light onto a world we don’t often think about.