Classifying Insects

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What makes an insect an insect? How is a ladybug different from a butterfly? What is metamorphosis? Classifying Living Things investigates how and why we group animals. Each book focuses on a particular class of living things, looking at the key characteristics that set its members apart from those of other classes. Discover how classes of living things have evolved, and how species have adapted to suit their environments. Find out why certain animals may show some characteristics of a particular class, but ...
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Overview

What makes an insect an insect? How is a ladybug different from a butterfly? What is metamorphosis? Classifying Living Things investigates how and why we group animals. Each book focuses on a particular class of living things, looking at the key characteristics that set its members apart from those of other classes. Discover how classes of living things have evolved, and how species have adapted to suit their environments. Find out why certain animals may show some characteristics of a particular class, but actually belong to another. 'Classifying Insects' looks at the amazing class of six-legged fliers. Find out how insects are grouped into orders and how each one is different from the rest. From bedbugs to butterflies, from cockroaches to caddis flies, discover what makes insects so special.

Explains what insects are and how they differ from other animals, with an overview of the life cycle of a variety of insects, including ants, bees, cockroaches, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and butterflies.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Dozens of animal groups with unique adaptations are highlighted in these introductions. In double-page sections, each text explains the principles of scientific classification, describes the outstanding characteristics the animals share, identifies the phylum and class to which they belong, and surveys major orders within the class. One or two snapshot-sized, clear, color photographs of some of the creatures discussed appear on almost every page. Tinted sidebars and boxed extended picture captions provide additional facts. Each title also includes a classification chart and diagram. All three volumes have colorful formats and are well organized and clearly written. Important scientific terms, emphasized in bold print, are defined either as they appear or in the glossary. Classifying Insects, unlike the other two books, only identifies two of the orders it discusses by scientific name; most sections just name the insects representing the order. For instance, the text states that beetles "-are the largest order of insects," but does not mention that they belong to the Coleoptera order. Some of the same animals are included in Robert Snedden's What Is a Fish? (1993), What Is an Insect? (1993), and What Is a Reptile? (1995, all Sierra Club). However, these books are more general in scope, discussing characteristics of each class as a whole rather than focusing on specific orders. By describing the differences between related animal orders, Solway and the Spilsburys offer a different perspective and their books will be useful additions to natural-history collections.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432923655
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: Classifying Living Things Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,398,205
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

The Variety of Life 4

Jointed-Leg Animals 6

Insect Orders 8

Beetles 10

Ants, Bees, and Wasps 12

Cockroaches and Termites 14

Butterflies and Moths 16

Air Acrobats 18

Bugs 20

Grasshoppers and Crickets 22

Mayflies and Dragonflies 24

Fleas and Lice 26

Lost Forever? 28

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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