Biggest Bugs Life-Size


Life-sized photos of the world's biggest bugs in full color.

Biggest Bugs Life-size is a veritable jump-off-the-page spectacle for bug enthusiasts. It is the first book to include color photographs of 38 of the world's biggest, heaviest, longest and mightiest bugs reproduced at their actual size. Concise text gives all of the essential facts, including the bug's size, what it eats and who discovered it. Maps show where the bugs live.

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Life-sized photos of the world's biggest bugs in full color.

Biggest Bugs Life-size is a veritable jump-off-the-page spectacle for bug enthusiasts. It is the first book to include color photographs of 38 of the world's biggest, heaviest, longest and mightiest bugs reproduced at their actual size. Concise text gives all of the essential facts, including the bug's size, what it eats and who discovered it. Maps show where the bugs live.

The book's dramatic gatefold shows the world's longest bug — at 22-inches, the Chan's megastick is almost as long as an adult's arm. There is also the gargantuan cockroach, with the longest wingspan in the world, and the potentially pesky gigantea beefly, which is as big as a human eyeball. Even the names are big: giant hawker dragonfly, colossus earwig, giant tarantula hawk wasp, goliath bird-eating spider, Amazonian giant centipede,
titan longhorn beetle.

Biggest Bugs Life-size shows the bugs as they are in real life, in brilliant color and in enormous photographs that readers won't soon forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Angela Leeper
Drawing on children's innate fascination with creepy crawlies..., this book presents 35 of the world's biggest, longest, and heaviest bugs.... Double-page spreads feature each bug's statistics, a map with its area of distribution, and straightforward text that explains its living conditions, eating habits, and life cycle as well as the difficulty of capturing some of these elusive creatures. The highlights, of course, are the numerous life-size and up-close full color photographs of the bugs set against both white backgrounds and in their natural environments. The photograph of a Chan's megastick, the world's longest insect, requires a foldout page. Further information and a list of references conclude this high-interest title. Although the text can be challenging and no glossary is offered, the visual appeal alone will entice even the most reluctant readers.
Canadian Materials - Gillian Richardson
Biggest Bugs will amaze and inform curious young readers who may never get to see such exceptional species in the wild. It may encourage a new sense of respect for this diverse group of living things that many of us consider to be merely 'creepy crawlers'. Highly Recommended.
Scientific American
A Notable Book
Audubon Magazine - Julie Leibach
Beccaloni defines biggest to mean "the largest body length or greatest wingspan" (though in many cases, the biggest length-wise are the heaviest) and includes a hefty sampling of 35 big "bugs" from all around the world, along with informative text and geographic maps.... Even for the skittish, it's hard not to marvel at these buggy behemoths. At least in this case, they're confined to the safety of the page.
Library Media Connection - Marilyn Teicher
A book about creepy crawlies always attracts student attention. In this volume the reader will learn about more than twenty different bugs. Presented are the heaviest, the widest and the longest from all over the world. Some may be extinct, some are decades old and in museums or private collections. The table of contents lists the common name and the scientific order with the scientific name on the page with the description of the bug. A map shows where each bug lives and photographs depict their exact sizes. Older students may find the book useful in their biology pursuits. Libraries in need of a bug book of world records might find this historical overview helpful.
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This large attractive hardcover book will entice budding naturalists and world-record enthusiasts. This book is adorned with vivid colour photographs, numerous life-size images, quick fact boxes along with world map distributions of 21 record-breaking insects.... Visually this book is eye-catching with an attractive design structure of large headings with bug silhouettes, fact boxes and stunning photography. This book will make an attractive and information-packed addition to your insect section and definitely attract the "Guinness World Records" audience of the bug world. Avid insect enthusiasts and budding entomologists of all ages will find this book to be fascinating and informative. This book would be useful for scientific research of various insects in elementary school and middle years.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—From the world's longest insect, the 14-inch-long Chan's megastick (requiring a foldout page to display its extended slimness) to the 7 1/4-inch wingspan of a giant helicopter damselfly, this compendium is a veritable Guiness Book of Buggy Bigness. The critters skitter across facing pages, complete with global distribution maps and quick lines of data (length, wingspan, etc.), and locations. Color photos of spindly legs, slender antennas, camouflaged bodies, and decorative wings abound. While this is a book about "big," the text is serious about the subject. Beccaloni treats it scientifically, avoiding any sensationalism that casual browsers may be seeking. His careful introduction explains the inclusion of creatures that aren't truly bugs, such as the giant vinegaroon and the Goliath bird-eating spider. Several pages of further information, a list of (adult) references, and an index are appended. A solid resource for lovers of the creepy-crawlies.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554076994
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/3/2010
  • Pages: 84
  • Age range: 9 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Beccaloni is curator of orthopteroid insects at the Natural History Museum in London, England. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Entomological Society. He is the author of two scientific books and many scientific and popular articles about insects.

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