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A stunning achievement in nature photography--capturing every stage and process of transformation of metamorphosis in remarkable, full color detail.

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Metamorphosis: Astonishing insect transformations by Rupert Soskin

Insects truly are the ugly ducklings of the natural world. How does something as beautiful as a butterfly begin life as little more than a fancy maggot? Or something as elegant and delicate as a lacewing hatch out looking like a minuscule escapee from a horror movie? What are the circumstances that require a creature to transform from one body shape into another, a shape that is often so utterly different from the first that you would be forgiven for thinking they were completely unrelated organisms? This book illustrate some of the dramatic transformations insects undergo in their life cycles and explore why evolution has arrived at these remarkable solutions to survival. The aim of the book is to show remarkable transformations, some of which most people could never see in a lifetime. The book is divided into two main sections: Insects that undergo partial metamorphosis such as dragonflies, grasshoppers and bugs. Here the young resemble the adult, changing gradually with each moult. Insects that experience a complete metamorphosis such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, ants and flies. In these species the young bear no resemblance to the adult in appearance, habitat or diet, until they pupate. Rupert Soskin spent two years on this unique project to photograph a range of selected species at each stage of development - from egg, to larva, to pupa and finally fully formed adult. Foreword by Dr George McGavin.

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Metamorphosis Reviews

Metamorphosis benefits from personal observations and a clear voice, and the surprises offered up are by turns beautiful and horrific but always awe-inspiring. * BBC Wildlife *
One only need look at the breath-taking close-up photo adorning the cover of Rupert Soskin's new Metamorphosis; Astonishing Insect Transformations from Bloomsbury to immediately assume that this is going to be quite a remarkable book. -- John E. Riutta * The Well-Read Naturalist *
Most have had the experience of witnessing, either in person or through photographs, the beautiful metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, but few have seen or even thought about the process for other insects, though many have a similar journey. This incredible book will give anyone interested in insects, or in biology in general, a view of these creatures not easily found. The accompanying text is quite thorough without being daunting in any way. The information is very accessible for non-scientists, yet it's very complete and never talks down to the reader. But it is the photographs that really carry this book. The glory of nature is front and center in every photograph of these strange, mysterious little animals ... this is a satisfyingly complete study of this process. -- Rosi Hollinbeck * Manhattan Book Review *

About Rupert Soskin

Rupert Soskin is a something of a Renaissance man. He is a photographer, writer, presenter, naturalist and explorer. Most recently, he has been involved a long term project exploring the extraordinary biodiversity of a field close to where he lives which has allowed him to explore his passion for photographing insects and entomology. For this book, he set up a special studio and spent two years photographing the life-cycles of a range of insects as they emerged from the egg as larvae, changed form, became a chrysalis and emerged as adults.

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Metamorphosis: Astonishing insect transformations by Rupert Soskin
Rupert Soskin
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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