Never home alone : from microbes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live /

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly...

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Main Author: Dunn, Rob R. (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2018.
Edition:First edition.
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