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Cover Art: Monarch butterflies photographed at an overwintering site in central Mexico. Each fall, eastern North American monarchs migrate by the millions to these high-altitude Oyamel fir forests. The weight of their dense aggregations can even cause tree limbs to break away. (Photograph by George D. Lepp, a specialist in images of the natural world.)

Frontispiece: An 18th century engraving by I. A. Covinus depicts the Biblical description of the creation of insects. The image appears in Physique sacrée, ou histoire naturelle de la Bible, a massive eight-volume study by the prominent Swiss naturalist Johann Jacob Scheuchzer (1672-1737). The artist Covinus here combines an accurate rendering of various insect forms with an allegorical treatment of the Book of Genesis; this approach reflects the author Scheuchzer's lifelong efforts to provide scientific evidence for the literal truth of the Bible. (Courtesy of the History of Science Collections, Cornell University Library.)

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R: Snakefly (Raphidioptera) photographed at Nanaimo (Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada. (Photograph © Jay Patterson.) Y: Aedes aegypti, Uganda strain (a vector of yellow fever), bloodfeeding from the photographer's hand. (Photograph by Leonard E. Munstermann.) Other letter opener images furnished by the authors. (See relevant article for credit.)

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