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From blowing bubbles to spraying acid, the world's insects do amazing things with this under-appreciated part of their anatomy. Discover the wild and weird ways insects use their butts to avoid predators. Spittlebugs blow bubbles from their butts and hide under them, while some caterpillars shoot their poop far from their bodies to throw poop-searching wasps off their trail. Ants and beetles spray acid from their butts into the faces of predators, while some caterpillars and larvae build hide-outs with their poop...

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Overview

From blowing bubbles to spraying acid, the world's insects do amazing things with this under-appreciated part of their anatomy. Discover the wild and weird ways insects use their butts to avoid predators. Spittlebugs blow bubbles from their butts and hide under them, while some caterpillars shoot their poop far from their bodies to throw poop-searching wasps off their trail. Ants and beetles spray acid from their butts into the faces of predators, while some caterpillars and larvae build hide-outs with their poop to keep predators away.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lots of weird and unusual stuff can come out of the butt of a bug and Cusick delights in presenting some of the facts for young readers. They will undoubtedly share this information with anyone who will listen. How about a bug that can blow bubbles from its butt? Spittle bugs, while in the nymph stage, cover their bodies with bubbles to control the temperature and to help them hide. After their final molt bubbles are no longer needed. The dragon fly is even more amazing, it has gills in its butts which help it extract oxygen from the water and thus breath; they also can use the breathing system to propel them forward just like a jet ski. Other bugs can spray and in the case of the bombardier beetle with such force that predators get hit with hot stinky acid. One of the most commonly seen products from a bug's butt are webs. These can be made by spiders, beetles, antlions, and lacewing larvae. There is much more, including bugs that make umbrellas from poop, chains that they hang onto from poop, build house from poop, use it for fertilizer to grow fungus, and there are even bugs that shoot poop as far away from themselves as possible to distract predators. Some exude pheromones that are used for everything from warnings, to marking trails, to attracting mates. It is not until the last spread that the author provides an explanation and diagram of a bug butt and the last page contains an index, four word glossary, and some acknowledgments. A really fascinating book right up to the very end. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Gr 3–5—This introduction breaks new ground as it examines the unusual adaptations involving the anuses (referred to as "butts" throughout) of close to two dozen kinds of insects, each of which is the focus of a picture spread. Short paragraphs of text, set in the backgrounds of brightly colored paintings of the insects in natural settings (greens, yellows, and browns predominate), describe special physical and/or behavioral characteristics that help them survive. For instance, spittlebug nymphs excrete large amounts of fluid, derived from plant sap that they churn into enough froth to completely cover their bodies, thus protecting themselves from both the elements and predators. A section at the end of the book describes basic insect anatomy and has simple diagrams. Bug Butts boasts a colorful format (the spreads have different colored borders, with headings in bright red) and a clearly written text. Readers will need some background in biology, however, as some scientific terms are not defined (e.g., "molting," "exoskeletons"); the terms for insects' metamorphic development are only defined in the glossary. Other general introductions include some of the same insects but do not have Cusick's unique point of view.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979745508
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Cusick enjoys making science education fun for both kids and adults. In addition to writing children's animal behavior books, she is a college biology instructor. She is the author of ANIMAL TONGUES and BUG BUTTS, also published by EarlyLight Books.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    Fun read for the whole family

    We read this book to our 4 year old son and he loves it. It has lots of good information but is fun to read and has the gross out factor kids love. The illustrations are awesome! Colorful, detailed and accurate as well as cartoonish. I will be purchasing this for all the kids in my life this holiday season.

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    Way Cool

    Cool illustrations, cool info; way cool book.

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    This book is really fun, and the illustrations are surprisingly

    This book is really fun, and the illustrations are surprisingly accurate. I read some reviews about it being a good boys' book, but the girls read it more than the boys at our school.

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