A New York Times Notable Book, Winner of the 2012 Ludwik Fleck Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, Shortlisted for the 2012 De Groene Waterman Prize, Winner of the 2011 Orion Book Award, Winner of a Special Prize for Extending Ethnographic Understanding from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Best Science Book at the 2010 Green Book Festival.
A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.
Organized alphabetically with one entry for each letter, weaving together brief vignettes, meditations, and extended essays, Insectopedia travels through history and science, anthropology and travel, economics, philosophy, and popular culture to show how insects have triggered our obsessions, stirred our passions, and beguiled our imaginations.
Hugh Raffles is a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award recipient. His essays have appeared in Natural History, Granta, The Best American Essays, and Orion.