Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk
Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World

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Insects have inspired fear, fascination, and enlightenment for centuries. They are capable of incredibly complex behavior, even with brains often the size of a poppy seed. How do they accomplish feats that look like human activity— personality, language, childcare—with completely different pathways from our own? What is going on inside the mind of those ants that march like boot-camp graduates across your kitchen floor? How does the lead ant know exactly where to take her colony, to that one bread crumb that your nightly sweep missed? Can insects be taught new skills as easily as your new puppy? 

Sex on Six Legs is a startling and exciting book that provides answers to these questions and many more. With the humor of Olivia Judson’s Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, Zuk not only examines the bedroom lives of creepy crawlies but also calls into question some of our own longheld assumptions about learning, the nature of personality, and what our own large brains might be for.

 

About Marlene Zuk

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Marlene Zuk is a professor of ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota. The author of Sex on Six Legs, she lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 277 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A global sampling of the clever lives and loves of our six-legged friends.

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“The famous eighteenth-century naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre meticulously examined the mason bees of his native France, marveling at the tiny clay cells they constructed as cradles for their helpless larvae.”

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Marlene Zuk shows how the insect world, like ours, can be stunningly complex.

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Publishers Weekly

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How is it that insects, with their robotic demeanor and stripped-down biological toolbox, are able to accomplish so many of the same functions that humans do? In this smart, engaging account of the so

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You run a lab at the University of Minnesota, you pursue research on crickets in Hawaii, you teach and direct graduate students, you go to conferences, you write academic articles — how do you manage to write popular science books as well?.

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