A Desert Bestiary: Folklore, Literature, and Ecological by Gregory McNamee

By Gregory McNamee

Following the version of the medieval Latin bestiaries, Gregory McNamee has written a booklet right now naturalistic, folkloristic, and literary, made of brief essays on forty-three animals of the world’s deserts. those essays talk about the creatures as they're and as they're imagined, and convey their typical lives and histories vividly to the web page.

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Bee The year is 1934. The nation stands stock still with terror. America's fright is not the result of the rise of Nazism, not of Stalin's depredations, not even of John Dillinger's widespread rampaging. No, the country lies paralyzed by the fear of Latrodectus mactansthe black widow spider. The previous year had been a wet one, and spiders and the insects they prey on were flourishing. More spiders means more spider bites, and by mid-1934 such journals as Scientific American and Science were warning of the threat black widows posed to humans.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Published in the United States by Johnson Books, a division of Johnson Publishing Company, 1880 South 57th Court, Boulder, Colorado 80301. 987654321 Front cover illustration by Marjorie C. Leggitt: Jackrabbit teaches Coyote a painful lesson in a Tohono O'odham story (see pgs.

But the poor man suffered from a heart condition, and fifty stings were enough to seal his fate. ) Two weeks later, a sheepish coroner announced that the bees had in fact been Europeans, that the man had been stung only a few times, and that he had died from anaphylactic shockthat is, an allergic reaction. Dogs and cats have more to worry about than do humans. Naturally curious, they tend to wander around in the dark corners in which bees like to establish colonies: under thick bushes, in trees, in sheds and eaves.

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