The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Insects such as cockroaches, mosquitoes and bed-bugs are usually not highly sought amongst travellers or recreationists, yet each year, collectors, butterfly enthusiasts, dragonfly-hunters and apiarists collect, visit, document and raise insects for recreational purposes. Illustrating a range of human-insect encounters from an interdisciplinary perspective, this book provides the first insight into the booming industry of insect recreation. Case studies and examples demonstrate the appeal of insects, ranging from the captivating beauty of butterflies to the curious fascination of locust swarms, and challenge the notion that animals lacking anthropomorphic features hold little or no interest for humans. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on the innovators, the educators, the dedicated researchers and activists who, through collaboration across fields ranging from entomology to sociology and anthropology, have brought insects from the recreational fringes to the forefront of many conservation and leisure initiatives.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Human-Insect Encounters
Minding insects: scale, value, world
The philosophical and psychological dimensions of insects: tourism, horror and the negative sublime
Tiger beetles: lessons in natural history, conservation, and the rise of amateur involvement
A is for agriculture, B is for bee, C is for colony-collapse disorder, P is for pollinator parks: an A to Z overview of what insect conservationists can learn from bees
The entomological and recreational aspects of interacting with Lepidoptera
Dragonflies: their lives, our lives, from ponds to reserves
Insects and Leisure
Relating to aquatic insects: becoming English fly fishers
An appreciation for the natural world through collecting, owning, and observing insects
Gardening and landscape modification: butterfly gardens
The role of edible insects in human recreation and tourism
Insects and Tourism
Butterfly conservatories, butterfly ranches and insectariums: generating income while promoting social and environmental justice
Insect festivals: celebrating and fostering human-insect interactions
Glow-worm tourism in Australia and New Zealand: commodifying and conserving charismatic micro-fauna
Conservation Frontiers
May you live in interesting times: technology and entomology
Citizen science and insect conservation
The institutionalization of insect welfare: the cultural aspects of establishing a new organization dedicated to conserving invertebrates
Insects in education: creating tolerance for some of the world's smallest citizens
Discovering the wilderness in parks and protected areas
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