At night she’d close her eyes and imagine: over a hundred million billion insects hatching and dying every year – all those bristling, pointed, winged lifetimes: murderers and egg raiders, cooperators and queens. There were the glamorous dragonflies and fearsome widows; slave-holding ants; migrating monarchs; the delicate mantid chewing down her lover; dragonflies making love at thirty miles an hour – all the flagships of entomology. But
— Anthony Doerr
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