I don't quite ""get"" this book. Some splendid book on insects have been written from a number of points of view, some for young people, some for farmers and growers, some on household pests, others for laymen which tell of the marvels of the insect world. The present volume is a smattering of all and isn't as good as many other books on the market. The author tosses in some of the often-told stories of how California got the cottony cushion scale under control, how Alabama erected a monument to the boll-weevil, how the introduction of the prickly pear into Australia nearly ruined that continent, etc. Insects cost us at least a billion dollars a year, and yet we could not live without them. He discusses the insects the farmer has to cope with, those that annoy the housewife, and so on, but in no case does he give sufficient practical advice of it to be really useful.