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Pleasure from Insects


Pleasure from Insects

Admit it, wasn’t your first thought on the title something a bit unsavory?  Sure, people “enjoy” certain insects.  Mainly butterflies, maybe dragonflies, and lady bugs are good for the garden.  Praying mantises are pretty fascinating too.  Public libraries definitely have patrons looking for bug books.   Libraries need to keep even their bug books up to date and looking interesting.  At least for a public library, I am pretty sure that the material is woefully out of date.  Anyone know anything about this book?


I guess the idea is that everyone has a passion for something – even insects.  This is kind of like The Wonders of Donkeys and A Passion for Donkeys (yes, we posted TWO different donkey books!).  What the heck, let’s make it three.  Think of this as your bonus title for a Monday!


Wonders of Mules
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11 Responses to Pleasure from Insects

  • There’s only one problem with this post: mules ARE NOT donkeys!

  • True! I guess we’ve had two donkey posts and now one for the mule lovers!

  • Mules are half donkeys at least. Wonderfully handy creatures though.

  • The insect book has to be one of the most visually unappealing books I’ve ever seen. Egads.

  • The fontface on the spine says “Technology” to me, not “beautiful insects”

  • Anything that starts “We shall be concerned in this chapter” needs to go on grounds of pretentiousness.

  • Pleasure from Insects? As fond as I am of praying mantises and stick insects, I wouldn’t say I’d want any pleasure from them…

  • I’m ashamed to admit that my first thought was “Spanish fly?”

  • Auuuugh I’m terrified by butterflies ! This engraving freaks me out !

  • Okay, so how do I attract mules to my garden?

  • 😀 @ Alice Bluegown! My favorite bug book when I was a kid was “Beetles” by Wilfrid S. Bronson. The illustrations were his own pencil sketches and diagrams–similar to Eric Sloane or Jim Arnosky.