Hidden Kingdom

Hidden Kingdom

The Insect Life of Costa Rica

Piotr Naskrecki, Edward O. Wilson


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Encounter some of the most beautiful creatures in Costa Rica in Piotr Naskrecki’s Hidden Kingdom. This book is a visual journey into the world of the insects and their relatives that dominate all terrestrial habitats in Costa Rica through their sheer numbers, biomass, and the ecological functions they perform. Naskrecki’s stunning photographs serve as both a tool to help identify the insects that a visitor to Costa Rica is likely to encounter, and as an illustration of their diverse behaviors and ecological roles.

Through high-impact imagery and engaging narrative about insects and their evolutionary history, this book, an ideal companion on a visit to Costa Rica, reinforces or awakens in the readers their innate curiosity about the less appreciated elements of life on Earth. Each section of the book presents fascinating and useful facts about Costa Rica’s insects. Naskrecki’s photographs show the variety of morphological adaptations, survival strategies, and interlocking roles that insects play in tropical ecosystems.


Piotr Naskrecki:
Piotr Naskrecki is Associate Director of the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, and Research Associate at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. He is the author of The Smaller Majority and Relics and photographer of A Window on Eternity by E. O. Wilson.

E. O. Wilson is Faculty Emeritus Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author most recently of Half-Earth, and his books The Ants and On Human Nature were both Pulitzer Prize winners.