Hornets: Incredible Insect Architects

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Take a closer look at nature's amazing insect architect—the hornet! Each year, a young female hornet queen selects just the right spot and designs a nest of six-sided cells. Every cell is made from a paper-like material she creates by mixing wood with her own saliva. Once she has a small structure, she lays an egg in each cell and raises her young. Soon the queen has a whole family of workers, which continue to build more cells and increase the size of the hive. These workers also hunt insects for food, care for ...
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Overview

Take a closer look at nature's amazing insect architect—the hornet! Each year, a young female hornet queen selects just the right spot and designs a nest of six-sided cells. Every cell is made from a paper-like material she creates by mixing wood with her own saliva. Once she has a small structure, she lays an egg in each cell and raises her young. Soon the queen has a whole family of workers, which continue to build more cells and increase the size of the hive. These workers also hunt insects for food, care for the queen and her young, and protect the nest. In this exciting book, you can learn what makes hornets similar to and different from other insects. Close-up diagrams reveal extraordinary details about hornets' bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform an activity that helps you understand how a female hornet queen creates the paper-like material for her nest. Learn more about this exciting member of nature's fascinating Insect World!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 11.

Enter the "Insect World" series and explore the life of a hornet in this text. Find out the features of an insect and how to differentiate a hornet from a wasp. There are diagrams that label and explain the internal and external parts of the hornet's body. Follow the four stages of the hornet's life from egg to larva to pupa to adult as it goes through a complete metamorphic cycle. Magnificent color photographs capture close-up shots of the hornet's life. These pictures include the paper nest that they build, therefore the hornets are described as insect architects. The description of the life in the hornet colony is fascinating as the reader learns about this insect's maintenance of the nest that is their home. Hexagon blocks found throughout the book include additional interesting facts about the hornet. Like the other texts in this series, a glossary, a list of additional resources, and a couple of activities are included. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822572978
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Insect World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed science books for children. A nationally known science education consultant and a former elementary school science teacher, Ms. Markle also authored the award-winning Animal Predator and Animal Scavenger series for Lerner Publications. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.
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Table of Contents

Insect World     4
Outside and Inside     6
Becoming an Adult     12
Amazing Builders     14
Caring for the Young     20
Building a Working Nest     30
A New Colony     38
Hornets and Other Insect Architects     40
Glossary     42
Digging Deeper     44
Hornet Activities     46
Index     48
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