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INSECTS by Ross E. Hutchins, 324 pages, Prentice-Hall. $6.95.

Bugs are little, and easy to look down on. Ever since Charles Darwin decided that man and his almighty brain were winning the amoral marathon of evolution, it has been fashionable to pity the poor insects for entering a blind alley of biology that mammalry was smart enough to miss. To promote a larger sense of reality, Entomologist Ross E. Hutchins in this unusually competent volume of popular science invites the reader to climb modestly down the Tree of Life and to shinny out on a branch of evolution unimaginably larger and in...

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