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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar
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Matt Simon
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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

Matt Simon


9780143128687

Penguin Books Ltd


Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular science;
Evolution


Hardback

272 pages

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A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better. --Entertainment Weekly A fascinating exploration of the awe-inspiring, unsettling ingenuity of evolution from Wired writer Matt Simon, author of Plight of the Living Dead (coming soon from Penguin Books) On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber's anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.

These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution's most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

Winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award

By:   Matt Simon
Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 193mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9780143128687
ISBN 10:   014312868X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matt Simon is a science writer at Wired magazine, where he specializes in zoology, particularly of the bizarre variety. He is one of just a handful of humans to witness the fabled mating ritual of the axolotl salamander, as is detailed in this here book that he suggests you buy.


Winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award A veritable parade of eccentric animal profiles that make you laugh so hard you won't even realize you're learning a thing or two about niche distribution and adaptive camouflage. --Wired ( Required Science Reading from 2016 ) A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better. --Entertainment Weekly A quick, fun read that's . . . heavy on snark. . . . The book is packed full of fascinating facts that will both impress and creep out. --Science News An entertaining look at evolution's frightening billion-year arms race. . . . Simon's wit, combined with the geniune eccentricity of his subjects, make this a fun and accessible book. --Publishers Weekly Averitable parade of eccentric animal profiles that make you laugh so hard you won t even realize you re learning a thing or two about niche distribution and adaptive camouflage. Wired ( Required Science Reading from 2016 ) A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better. Entertainment Weekly Aquick, fun read that s . . . heavy on snark. . . .The book is packed full of fascinating facts that will both impress and creep out. Science News An entertaining look at evolution s frightening billion-year arms race. . . . Simon s wit, combined with the geniune eccentricity of his subjects, make this a fun and accessible book. Publishers Weekly A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better. Entertainment Weekly Aquick, fun read that s . . . heavy on snark. . . .The book is packed full of fascinating facts that will both impress and creep out. Science News An entertaining look at evolution s frightening billion-year arms race. . . . Simon s wit, combined with the geniune eccentricity of his subjects, make this a fun and accessible book. Publishers Weekly


  • Winner of Alex Awards 2017
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