Weird Insects

Weird Insects

Book - 2013
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Insects account for more than half of the more than 17,000,000 named species of living things. This book reveals a rare and close up look at the odd beauty of some of the strangest of these tiny creatures. Despite their large numbers, the world of these particularly weird insects exists largely hidden from our view.
Publisher: Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781770852341
1770852344
9781770852358
1770852352
Branch Call Number: J595.7 W926w
Characteristics: 64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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SPL_Childrens Jul 04, 2014

What better time of year than summer to delve into the world of bugs?

As the title of this slim volume promises, its content does not focus on the ants, flies and mosquitoes that we see most often, but on the strangest and most extraordinary insect species found around the globe.

Included are the remarkable-looking violin beetle, the giraffe-necked beetle, the death’s head caterpillar (which sports skull-like thorax markings) and ­­­­­­­­the ferocious bulldog ant.

Antlions, owlflies and rhinoceros beetles – which can lift an astonishing 800 times their own weight and are the heaviest insects found in North America – are also introduced.

Not forgotten are stink bugs, which, as their names suggest, have a notoriously foul taste if eaten by a predator.

While a close look at some of these tiny creatures (such as the death’s head caterpillar or the scorpionfly) will reveal specimens worthy of a horror movie, many insects are actually quite beautiful. The brilliantly-coloured orange and pink stink bugs are an example.

Author Michael Worek’s photographs and descriptions will open our eyes to the marvels and the sheer variety of bugs found in the insect world – a world which is often hidden from our view.

SCL_Preschool Feb 19, 2014

Amazing images of bizarre, fascinating and sometimes creepy bugs of all kinds!

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SPL_Childrens Jul 04, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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