A Menagerie (Conjunctions, Book 61) by Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

By Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

Conjunctions: sixty one, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that think the realm of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a forged of characters whose tales exhibit how complicated and wildly contradictory our species' dating with different animals is. They're associates, enemies, instruments, meals. Descartes deliberated approximately no matter if animals have souls, identifying they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin hooked up us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of moving identities, either mundane and mysterious. that includes interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays via animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction by way of Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and paintings through many others, this choice of inventive new writing deals uncaged entry to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that encompass us.

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Since field guides covering birds, reptiles and amphibians, or butterflies usually cover all of the species within a given region, this method of use usually results in reliable identification to species. However, for reasons already mentioned, there is a real possibility that the beetle before you may not appear in the book. Don’t be discouraged. You still have the opportunity to use the illustrated key to place your INTRODUCTION 25 beetle to family, review the family accounts section, and then refer to the reference section for additional resources.

Always try to replace the bark when you are finished looking for specimens. Tie or nail the bark back to the log and it will continue to attract and support beetles and other insects. Fresh-Cut and Burned Wood The smell of fresh-cut or recently burned wood will attract beetles, especially metallic wood-boring beetles and longhorn 18 INTRODUCTION beetles looking for mates and egg-laying sites. Boards or wood chips laid out across freshly cut stumps will provide shelter for visiting beetles and should be checked frequently for new arrivals throughout the day and evening.

These and many other species living in sensitive habitats, especially those inhabiting coastal and desert sand dunes, require further study to determine if they are in need of state or federal protection. How to Use This Book To get the most out of your Beetles of California, carry it with you in your car or in your pack. When encountering a species of interest, most people flip through the illustrations in search of the closest match to what is in front of them. Since field guides covering birds, reptiles and amphibians, or butterflies usually cover all of the species within a given region, this method of use usually results in reliable identification to species.

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