Stunning images of insects. This book is stuffed full of them.
Stick insects, beautiful caterpillars, lacewings, wasps, mosquitoes – all are photographed in perfect detail. And the point of the book is that they are caught as eggs and in various stages of development, as well as as adults.
I knew a bit about ant lions, but worm lions were new to me. Wow!
There is a fair amount of biology in here as well as technical mastery, but it’s essentially a book of photographs. Stunning photographs of too-much-neglected insects.
It would be a good idea to ration yourself to a chapter at a time. I started flicking through the book and found myself flicking past glorious and amazing photographs as my eyes glazed over. Almost every one of these photographs would make a stunning poster on a wall, and the danger is that putting them several per page, and filling a book with them, devalues their impact unless you concentrate hard.
Many of the species are unfamiliar to the UK reader – but many are familiar too.
Nature is amazing – and this book is a window into that amazing world.
Metamorphosis by Rupert Soskin is published by Bloomsbury.