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Moths: A Complete Guide to Biology and Behavior

Smithsonian. Oct. 2019. 208p. further reading. glossary. index. photos. pap. $24.95. ISBN 9781588346544.
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Gr 9 Up–Lees and Zilli detail the physical descriptions and needs of moths and offer many eye-catching pictures, drawings, and diagrams. The authors discuss the basics of biology, including mating and feeding, but students might find chapters on moth warfare and their effects on humans especially fascinating. There is also a sprinkling of the history of moths and moth research. The book often refers to scientific classifications, so students who have no knowledge of taxonomy (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species) or binomial nomenclature (Latin names) might find the text difficult.
VERDICT This is not the book for the idle insect enthusiast wanting pretty pictures with simple text. Suitable in a secondary school library with a need for specific, high-level titles on order Lepidoptera or moths.

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