The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box: How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules

Biology & Life Sciences
Hardback Published on: 08/06/2023
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The Jewel Box
‘Nature adds beauty and meaning to our lives, the inspiration for art, literature, music, science and technology. We can’t live without it, but more than t... READ MORE
Bethany Willacy
The Jewel Box
Mad about moths - this is the book for you!
This book was a deep dive into the ecology of moths, drawing on issues of their distribution/conservation/population dynamics. I enjoyed the pragmatic natu... READ MORE
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)
The Jewel Box
Came for the moths, stayed for the ecology!
Thanks to Weidenfeld and Nicolson for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review, which you can find below. As someone who has never underst... READ MORE
Sam E


Every morning, ecologist Tim Blackburn is inspired by the diversity contained within the moth trap he runs on the roof of his London flat. Beautiful, ineffably mysterious organisms, these moths offer a glimpse into a larger order, one that extends beyond individual species of moth, beyond lepidoptera or insects, and into a hidden landscape. Just as Michael Faraday's iron filings arrange themselves to articulate a magnetic field that would otherwise be invisible, Tim shows us that when we pay proper attention to these tiny animals, their relationships with one another, and their connections to the wider web of life, a greater truth about the world gradually emerges into focus. In The Jewel Box, Tim reflects on what he has learned in the last thirty years of work as a scientist studying ecosystems and demonstrates how the contents of one small box can illuminate the workings of all nature.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474624527
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 618g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 40 mm

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