Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter


Buzz! Zip! Zoom! When the weather is warm, insects are everywhere. But what do they do in winter? Honeybees huddle in their hive. Monarch butterflies fly south. Woolly bear caterpillars hide under leaves and snow. This book shows what twelve different insects do to survive winter's chill.

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Buzz! Zip! Zoom! When the weather is warm, insects are everywhere. But what do they do in winter? Honeybees huddle in their hive. Monarch butterflies fly south. Woolly bear caterpillars hide under leaves and snow. This book shows what twelve different insects do to survive winter's chill.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
So where do insects go when it gets cold? Monarch Butterflies migrate, but many butterflies and moths, like the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, stay in their caterpillar forms and burrow under leaves or snow for a long winter's sleep. Ladybird (ladybug) beetles hide under fallen logs or leaves and hardly move. Honey bees eat the honey in their nest and huddle together for the winter. But some insects, like the Mourning Cloak Butterfly, have natural antifreeze in their bodies to keep them from freezing as they wrap themselves under the bark of trees. Praying Mantis eggs winter over in the case their mother makes for them in the fall. Other insects, such as the Common Pondhawk Dragonfly, wait for spring in the muddy bottom of a pond. Ants hibernate in their underground homes and baby Gallflies sleep in the bubbles—or galls—their mothers make for them on plant stems. Cricket eggs stay safe in the earth, but Bald-Faced Hornet eggs winter over inside their mommas who are tucked inside rotting logs. Nice illustrations and engaging text make this book a charming addition to any science library. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Kirkus Reviews
This look at how insects survive the cold may have young naturalists scouring the winter landscape to find them for themselves. From those who migrate or hibernate to ones that hide or are still eggs, Glaser has assembled a wide variety of 12 of the more common insects, including ants, ladybugs, dragonflies, honeybees, monarchs, praying mantises and black swallowtail butterflies. Short verses present readers with how each gets through the winter, but a lack of rhythm and inconsistent rhymes make reading aloud a challenge: "If you were a gallfly in winter, / you'd still be a baby living in a gall. / You'd chew a little opening to get out in the spring. / But all winter you'd stay in that small round ball." Backmatter provides a paragraph more of information on each of the 12. Gorgeous full-bleed illustrations filled with color and detail depict the insects in winter. Some need close inspection or pre-existing knowledge of what the insect looks like, as they can be hard to spot, and backmatter only pictures the adult. Many pages also include people, either observing the insects or going about wintertime amusements. A great overview--for more specifics about each insect, check out Judy Allen's Backyard Books series. (Nonfiction. 5-9)
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Meet the Author

Linda Glaser is the award-winning author of over 25 children's books, including Dazzling Dragonflies and Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow. She enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction and feels fortunate to have a career doing something she loves. She has two grown daughters and lives with her husband in Minnesota.

Jaime Zollars paints pictures of imaginary people and places far away. She has created illustrations for children's books, magazines, newspapers, and ad campaigns. Her clients include United Airlines, The American Red Cross, Scholastic, Clarion Books, Tricycle Press, and the L.A. Weekly. She also creates paintings for galleries, including Copro Nason and Gallery Nucleus. Jaime's art has been recognized by a bunch of great publications and societies, including Taschen's Illustration Now, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3, Spectrum, Curvy Australia, Design Taxi, XFuns Taipei, DPI Taiwan, BBC's Culture Shock, Small Magazine, the SI-LA, and the SCBWI. Jaime lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, and also enjoys teaching talented future illustrators at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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