A beautiful lantern slide depicting the larva and adult Wood Wasp.
This slide is part of a collection used by Professor F. J. Cole, the first Professor of Zoology at the University of Reading. The artist, Georgiana Elizabeth Ormerod (1825-1896), studied painting under William Hunt alongside her sister Eleanor Anne Ormerod (1828-1901), who was a renowned economic entomologist, a consultant to the Royal Agricultural Society and the first woman in Britain to receive an honorary degree. Georgiana illustrated her sister’s work and sometimes accompanied her to meetings with The Etomological Society.
Could you recommend me some books on animal behavior??
Of course hon! Check out the posts on my Book Recommendations page for previous posts (from myself and others) on this topic.
Disclaimer: While I much prefer to read every book before I recommend it to others, this is not always possible. This Ethologist doesn’t get paid enough to support her book addiction, but I keep adding to these sorts of lists in the hopes that I’ll slowly be able to add them to my library (or at least check them out). That being said, if anyone has any additional recommendations or constructive comments on the titles listed here, please let me know.
Anything by David Attenborough I believe I listed some specific titles in previous posts, but really you can’t go wrong with Sir David.
Anything by Frans De Waal I was required to read Our Inner Ape as a part of a freshman general science course, and it opened me up to the world of Ethology (and that I could actually get paid to do this)! I have a number of his books and they are educational while still being accessible and entertaining to scientists and general public alike.
The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds Frans De Waal and Pier Francesco Ferrari (editors) compiled works from Ethologists, Psychologists, Neuroscientists, and Primatologists to look at primate social behavior from multiple perspectives. I haven’t read this yet but am a huge nerd for a number of the contributing authors included in this book. Let’s just say this one is high up on my Christmas list.
The Handbook of Ethological Methods - Philip N. Lehner Although dated, this hefty text is the knock-down-drag-out best reference to break down (and familiarize yourself with) animal behavior and ethological research. The hefty price tag has kept it out of my personal library, but I’ve curled up in a library carrel with this text a number of times.
Animal Intelligence: From Individual to Social Cognition - Zhanna Reznikova This book covers a multitude of species in the wild and in the lab. It’s another (potentially) hefty price tag but the accessible language and wide subject breadth should make it a well worth investment to most readers.
Among African Apes: Stories and Photos from the Field Martha Robbins and Christophe Boesch (editors) go beyond the (much beloved) household name of Jane Goodall and get stories from ape researchers still working in the field. The first-hand accounts share the breakthroughs, joys, frustrations, and challenges of field work.
Have your own Ethology must reads? Add them to the list!
Some more pages from my Golden Guides! These things had so many cool facts. Each are 160 pages.
In order of appearance: Reptiles & Amphibians, Stars, Exotic Plants for Home and Garden, Hallucinogenic Plants, Non-Flowering Plants, Zoo Animals, Venomous Animals, Endangered Animals, Bats of the World, and Rocks and Minerals.
Millins feet walked through the jungle. The magical jungle that dropped with folklore and legend. Legends of creatures one woukd not find in your everyday zoology book.
Well, with someone with the curiousity to rival that of a cat, who could resist seeking that out?
Can you recommend some zoology books for a beginner zoologist? I loved reading your post about Island ecology (regarding the Alola region!)
Hi, and thank you! I would 100% recommend the book i mentioned in the post, the Song of the Dodo by David Quammen, it is probably my favourite book of all time. I would also recommend A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - it’s an excellent introduction to, well, science and everything in general, and has a good zoology section and is v e r y f u n n y and an easy read, yet is packed with great info. 10,000 Aliens by Simon Barnes is a great overview of the animal kingdom, with each chapter containing facts and anecdotes on a different animal group, and invertebrate chapters are alternated with vertebrate chapters which keeps it refreshing, and again yeah it’s funny and an easy yet factual read too. And say what you want about Richard Dawkins, I think that The Selfish Gene is definitely still worth a read if you want to understand evolution.
what's your opinion on tony diterlizzi? i grew up with his works so i'm really partial to his little drawing quirks.
For some reason I absolutely anticipated this question
Tony DiTerlizzi has some of the most pleasant designs for fae… here are some of my favorites:
they all feel like something out of an old zoology book rather than completely fantastical creatures, which is something I don’t see a lot of people get so right when attempting that style… very pretty, very good inspiration
To see more photos of Anna’s notebook sketches, follow @sally_mao on Instagram.
“The absolute truth appears in your drawing when you have no chance to change it,” says Moscow-based Instagrammer Anna Rastorgueva (@sally_mao), who creates an exquisite daily diary using only felt-tip markers. She takes inspiration from the detailed illustrations of botany and zoology books, a lifelong love of hers. “When I read ‘Brehm’s Life of Animals,’ I dreamed of meeting all the heroes from the pages of his book,” she explains. Anna draws anywhere, whether standing among thousands of people at a concert or even at a nude beach. For her, drawing is her personal space. “When I draw, I can dive deep into the moment and emotions. As Salvador Dalí said, ‘Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.’”