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Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Sites

For those interested in learning more about the insect world, we recommend the following Web sites. All links are valid as of April 9, 1999.

University of Florida Book of Insect Records

Learn about insect champions and their achievements.

Insect Collecting Techniques

Learn how to collect and study your favorite bugs from Monte Johnson and Stephanie Bailey.

Entomology for Beginners

Basic information on the study of insects.

Insect Sound Gallery

Hear the sounds of a fly, cricket, cicada, hissing cockroach, mosquito, wasp, and more.


See the world through the eyes of a honeybee.

Robinson Lab

Inside the laboratory of an entomologist.

Mayfly Central

Everything you want to know about these short-lived insects, from the Department of Entomology at Purdue University.

Wasp and Caterpillar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s James H. Tumlinson tells the story of one caterpillar wasp.

Monarch Watch

A butterfly-watching project from the Universities of Kansas and Minnesota.

Australian Termite Mound

So tall it dwarfs a tree!

From Mulberry Leaf to Silken Thread

The silk story, from Khemara, a Cambodian organization.

Biology of the Honeybee

Bee facts from Ross Koning, biologist at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Information for K-12 teachers on how to raise these silk-producing caterpillars in the classroom.

Butterfly Encounters

How to attract butterflies to your own backyard.


A site devoted to beekeeping, honeybee biology, and honeybee research.

Bee Alert!

This site, from the University of Montana at Missoula, offers a great set of insect and science links for kids.

Digital Dragonflies

Some of the best dragonfly images on the Web, with close-ups, multiple views, and every dragonfly species imaginable!


We recommend the following books for those interested in the subjects presented in ALIEN EMPIRE.

——. THE HIVE AND THE HONEY BEE. New York: Dadant & Sons, 1992.

——. NATURE ENCYCLOPEDIA. New York: DK Publishing, 1998.

Brodsky, Andrei. THE EVOLUTION OF INSECT FLIGHT. Oxford,UK: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Kite, L. Patricia. SILKWORMS. New York: LPK Science, 1997.


Mound, Laurence, and Stephen Brooks. INSECTS (DK POCKETS SERIES). New York: DK Publishing, 1995.

Pringle, Laurence. AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE: THE STORY OF A MONARCH BUTTERFLY. New York: Orchard Books, 1997.

Spradbery, J. Philip. WASPS: AN ACCOUNT OF THE BIOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF SOLITARY AND SOCIAL WASPS. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1973.

Stone, Lynn. THE REMARKABLE FLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS (ANIMAL ODYSSEYS). New York: The Rourke Book Company, 1991.

Telford, Carole. THROUGH A TERMITE CITY. New York: Heineman Library, 1998.