­Ultimate Bugopedia

National Geographic. 2nd ed. ed. Apr. 2024. 296p. Tr $34.99. ISBN 9781426376160.
Gr 2-5–Thank goodness for insects! Without insects that pollinate many of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables, our lives would be vastly different. There wouldn’t be much produce, honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products that insects provide. Honovich and nature photographer Murawski have combined their numerous explorations and learning to present a profusion of interesting and intricate behaviors of insects. The book digs deep into the more than one million known species of bugs, some familiar and others not so much, that exist here on our planet. Specific features in the book are extensive lists of butterflies, bees, ants, flies, beetles, and many more species. It answers fascinating questions, such as how a giraffe weevil uses its noselike snout, or what it means to be a living fossil like the snakefly or a moth that feeds at night on the tears of Southeast Asian cattle. Each chapter is filled with hundreds of highlighted bug facts nestled alongside brightly colored photographs to support the attention and interest of young readers. Each insect has a story to share. Kids won’t want to miss a single section.
VERDICT The perfect must-have, fun-filled reference book—for school or home—on all things bugs.

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