Goulson is a biologist with an inordinate fondness for insects ... This book is his attempt to educate us in their eccentric beauty and their absolute necessity ... The best advice is to do what Goulson does — look and wonder ... Insects are the most vivid expressions of the astounding fact of life in what may be a dead universe. Read this book, then look and wonder.
The grimmest section of the book is a fictional account of the travails of a family living in the inspect-sparse 2060s ... Goulson’s most outlandish suggestion is that we replace industrial agriculture with the more insect-friendly practices used on allotments, which are far more productive than pesticide-saturated fields, but also about 15 times more labour-intensive ... Keep dreaming, Dave Goulson. We’ll need more dreamers like you.