Bugs in the Backyard

80p. glossary. index. photos. Firefly. Mar. 2016. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781770856974.
Gr 3–6—An overview of all the scary and slimy, winged or spineless, creatures found in most backyards. Each bug is given its own spread, complete with close-up photos and short paragraphs. Life cycle, diet, predators, and habitat are covered. "Fact File" sidebars go on to list class and order, size in inches and millimeters, and further information on where they commonly proliferate. Readers will come to learn how most of the insects featured are essential for a healthy ecosystem. The content is not limited to bugs: earthworms; tardigrades (water bears), a close relative of arthropods; and gastropods like snails, which inhabit the same environment as many of the covered insects, are included.
VERDICT Recommended as an additional purchase for students with a strong stomach and a passion for our creepy-crawly friends.

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