Author(s): Michelle Gleeson
Miniature Lives provides a range of simple strategies that people can use to identify and learn more about the insects in their homes and gardens. Featuring a step-by-step, illustrated identification key and colour photographs, the book guides the reader through the basics of entomology (the study of insects). Simple explanations, amusing analogies and quirky facts convey information on diet, lifecycle, habitat and risks in a way that is both interesting and easy to understand. Identifying an insect using field guides or internet searches can be daunting - Miniature Lives allows the reader to identify an insect without having to capture or touch it.
Michelle Gleeson is an entomologist and since 2005 has operated her own business, Bugs Ed., which educates around 10 000 people across Queensland, Australia each year on the wonderful world of insects. She is also an Adjunct Industry Fellow at The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences, collaborating on field research projects and outreach programs. Through her work, she takes complex concepts of entomology and conveys them to people in a way that is interesting, insightful and easily understood.