The poems

I wrote about arthropods more than once before I realized that I had more than a passing interest in them. Cabinet of Curiosities includes a chapter that describes five insects (ant, dung beetle, ladybug, monarch butterfly, and dragonfly. Extinct animals has a chapter on extinct bugs of the British Isles and a chapters on arthropods from all over. The book of science describes arthropods of the Burgess shale, Batesian and Müllerian mimicry of butterflies and moths, ants, and includes drawings of a trilobite, a flea, a bumblebee, and a fruitfly.

In an attempt to focus on the features of arthropods that matter to us the most, I have organized this book by features, not by creatures.

The cover illustration depicts an earwig, Hemimerus hanseni, from Manual of Entomology by Maxwell Lefroy.


Most of the topics below link to Wikipedia.org, which is a great resource for learning about arthropods.

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The poet

Tom Sharp, photo by Terry M. Sharp
Photo by Terry M. Sharp

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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