Katydids: Leaf Look-Alikes

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Is that a leaf or an insect? Sometimes it's hard to tell. The wings of katydids look so much like leaves that the insects are able to blend right in with the trees and plants around them. Hungry animals often pass right by the camouflaged creatures, missing out on a tasty meal. Look inside to learn more about the ways these masters of disguise live and stay safe-but keep a close eye on them. If you don't, they might disappear right before your eyes.

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Overview

Is that a leaf or an insect? Sometimes it's hard to tell. The wings of katydids look so much like leaves that the insects are able to blend right in with the trees and plants around them. Hungry animals often pass right by the camouflaged creatures, missing out on a tasty meal. Look inside to learn more about the ways these masters of disguise live and stay safe-but keep a close eye on them. If you don't, they might disappear right before your eyes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
It may seem as though katydids look like leaves and twigs for fun, but their natural camouflage actually serves a much more important purpose. It protects them from the birds, spiders, snakes, and lizards that prey upon them. Readers learn this and many other facts about this strange insect in the pages of this book, including that most are nocturnal, that they are good jumpers, that they can fly, and that their ears are on their legs. Readers also learn about katydid songs, survival, eggs and growth. The book briefly identifies three additional insects that look like plant parts and provides a five-word pictorial glossary to aid in understanding. Includes an index, a list of three books for additional reading, and a web site for a book-specific publisher's web page. That page includes links to three external sources about katydids, as well as a themed crossword puzzle. This book would be a good choice for preschool or early elementary students who are fascinated with bugs. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936087402
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Disappearing Acts Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,005,015
  • Age range: 7 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Keep Looking 4

Leaves with Legs 6

Staying Out of Sight, Staying Alive 8

Hidden by Darkness 10

Flying Leaps 12

Wings That Sing 14

A Musical Name 16

Hatching in Spring 18

Disappearing from View 20

More Disappearing Acts 22

Glossary 23

Index 24

Read More 24

Learn More Online 24

About the Author 24

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