Ants, Bees, and Wasp's of North America

Ants, Bees, and Wasp's of North America

by Sara Swan Miller
     
 

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What does a paper wasp have in common with a leafcutting ant? Are all insects bugs? Do all birds fly? The books in the Animals in Order series will help you make sense of the animal kingdom. Each book focuses on a particular scientific grouping called an "order." You will discover that it is easier to learn about the traits and behaviors of animals if you first know… See more details below

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What does a paper wasp have in common with a leafcutting ant? Are all insects bugs? Do all birds fly? The books in the Animals in Order series will help you make sense of the animal kingdom. Each book focuses on a particular scientific grouping called an "order." You will discover that it is easier to learn about the traits and behaviors of animals if you first know which ones are most closely related.

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Children's Literature
With vivid close-up photographs of many different kinds of ants, bees, and wasps, this resource book educates the reader on the order of insects referred to as hymenopterans. Hymenopterans have two commonalties: two pairs of membrane wings and chewing mouthparts. The reader explores how hymenopterans fit into the order of living things and then discovers their unique characteristics by examining over a dozen examples living in North America. Each example is described in detail with focus on its habitat, diet, and life cycle. The reader will become fascinated realizing the differences between a Potter Wasp and a California Oak Gall Wasp or noticing similarities between the Texas Leafcutting Ant and the Faithful Leafcutter Bee. There is a chapter dedicated to being a "hymenopteran watcher" which suggests ways to notice these creatures around the home. It inspires one to put learned knowledge into active knowledge. This book is best used as a resource during a unit in Natural Science or as a means of teaching comparison and contrast. A glossary, index, and resource section are included. It is part of the "Animals in Order" series. 2003, Franklin Watts,
— Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Lucid introductions to the hymenoptera and piciforme orders. The author describes the distinguishing characteristics displayed by all members of its respective order; explains the principles of scientific classification; identifies the phylum and class to which each belongs; introduces 15 representative species; and offers tips for observing the creatures in the wild. The bulk of each title is devoted to the profiles of species, each of which consists of a page of text and a clear, color close-up photograph. A small-print heading and colored icon indicate, respectively, the type of habitat in which each insect can be found, or the continent each bird inhabits. Both books are clearly written and logically organized. In Woodpeckers, about a half dozen of the profiles open with short scenarios before the text switches to factual information. For instance, one section begins with: "Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat! What is that racket? A male great spotted woodpecker has found a tree that will make a good nesting site. He drums loudly on the tree to attract a female." Ants has fewer of these passages and presents the information in a more straightforward manner. Jinny Johnson's Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects & Spiders (S & S, 1997) includes about half of the same insects, but the short entries on the invertebrates don't offer as much detail as Miller's book. Likewise, entries on woodpeckers in various field guides, such as Roger Tory Peterson's Peterson First Guide to Birds (Houghton, 1997), are also, perforce, brief. Miller's titles-particularly Ants-will be useful additions.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531166581
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Animals in Order Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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