Locusts, hornets, army ants, spiders — the list of insects is swarming with colorful characters. Scientists see these critters one way. People at a picnic might see them another. Artists and poets have their own observations to make. A caterpillar wearing a sun hat nibbles holes in a leaf, turning into a Faterpillar as she goes. Slim and unpleasant, the mosquito considers humans a take-out food. Here are two of them picking up their orders as they tap into an X-rayed arm. Mayflies may fly in May and June, but for a day or two at the most. Then they die. They've barely danced their first dance, barely bid their first hello, and then it's time for a hasty farewell. Insectlopedia transforms the natural world into a realm where language, art, and entomology join with humor and imagination for a unified flight of fancy. And the spell it casts is greater than the sum of its parts.