Bugs up Close

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We live on a bug planet. Not only are insects the most numerous species on Earth, they've survived for 400 million years and show no signs of slowing down. Take a look outside: little creatures are creeping, jumping and flying everywhere. Did someone say little? Not in this book. In these eye-popping, oversized pages, bugs say cheese big time! Through Paul Davidson's powerful camera lens, see a fly the size of a man's shoe, the 30,000-odd lenses in a dragonfly's eyes, the hair on a bee's legs and much more. ...
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Overview

We live on a bug planet. Not only are insects the most numerous species on Earth, they've survived for 400 million years and show no signs of slowing down. Take a look outside: little creatures are creeping, jumping and flying everywhere. Did someone say little? Not in this book. In these eye-popping, oversized pages, bugs say cheese big time! Through Paul Davidson's powerful camera lens, see a fly the size of a man's shoe, the 30,000-odd lenses in a dragonfly's eyes, the hair on a bee's legs and much more. Bug-loving science writer Diane Swanson delivers fascinating info about buggy lives, buggy eating and lots of buggy bits, such as antennae, wings and weapons, that help make insects the most widespread animals on Earth.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Media Connection
Bugs fill important niches in our world. We need them and you need this book. Highly Recommended.
Star Phoenix
For a swarm of fascinating facts, this title is highly recommended.
From the Publisher
Bugs fill important niches in our world. We need them and you need this book. Highly Recommended.

Bugs fill important niches in our world. We need them and you need this book. Highly Recommended.

For a swarm of fascinating facts, this title is highly recommended.

For a swarm of fascinating facts, this title is highly recommended.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5 In a series of two-page chapters, columns of lucid text set against brightly colored backgrounds describe basic insect anatomy, major body parts and how they function, special adaptations of close to three dozen kinds of insects, egg-laying, metamorphosis, defense mechanisms, etc. One to three finely detailed close-ups of the invertebrates discussed dominate each section-most are arranged in large ovals or circles. Most of the photos are so highly magnified that individual hairs, spines, and antennae segments are clearly visible. A sidebar in each section also describes a distinctive characteristic of the insect featured in the largest close-up. Among the small creatures depicted are a wasp, blow fly, grasshopper, etc. Similar information on anatomy and body parts is available in titles in the "Minibeasts Up Close" series (Raintree); they also have good close-ups, though on a smaller scale. Swanson's book, however, has a broader scope and more detailed text, and offers some fresh insights into insect life. For instance, instead of just identifying spiracles, the air holes through which insects breathe, Bugs explains that they vary in number, size, and shape according to species, and that most contain hairs to filter out dust. This attractive, informative overview will appeal to both browsers and budding entomologists.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
"Up Close" is right: Davidson's oversized, sharply focused color photos reveal every joint, palp, wing, eye facet and wrinkle on a succession of common insects, from a seemingly puppy-sized blowfly to an earwig blown up to the dimensions of a sausage. All of his subjects were shot live, in natural settings, often turned toward the camera and in lighting that brings out every detail. Swanson contributes standard but accurate descriptions of insect body parts, life stages, signals, weapons and defenses. Budding bug lovers will stridulate with delight. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531387
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 962,283
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of more than 70 books for children, especially nature and science. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes a bug column for YES magazine and is buggy about bugs.

In addition to being a photographer, Paul Davidson is a systems engineer who has worked on projects for Bell-Northern Research, NASA and other high-tech organizations. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Paul now lives in Quebec.

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Table of Contents


Insects     4
Bodies     6
Exoskeletons     8
Spiracles     10
Legs     12
Wings     14
Mouthparts     16
Eyes     18
Antennae     20
Hair     22
Signals     24
Eggs     26
Metamorphosis     28
Colors     30
Shapes     32
Weapons     34
Size     36
Success     38
Glossary and Index     40
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