The Bug Book/Book and Bottle

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BECOME A BUG EXPERT

Discover how the whirligig got its name, how the praying mantis snares its food and how the grasshopper sings its song. This field guide to tiny creatures found in the backyard, under a log and in a pond gives tips on catching bugs, instructions for keeping them safely at home and suggestions for Bug Bottle projects that let you observe bugs in action.

Describes the appearance and behavior of twenty-six common ...

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Overview


BECOME A BUG EXPERT

Discover how the whirligig got its name, how the praying mantis snares its food and how the grasshopper sings its song. This field guide to tiny creatures found in the backyard, under a log and in a pond gives tips on catching bugs, instructions for keeping them safely at home and suggestions for Bug Bottle projects that let you observe bugs in action.

Describes the appearance and behavior of twenty-six common insects and other creepy crawlers, including the grasshopper, ant, and centipede, with simple instructions on catching, keeping, and studying them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894803147
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Series: Hand in Hand with Nature Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 2.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Hugh Danks, Ph.D., is an award-winning entomologist who served as the head of the Biological Survey of Canada for insects for nearly 30 years. Dr. Danks wrote the first edition of The Bug Book and has given many workshops at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada, where he lives.
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BUG TRIVIA (From the Bug Book and the Bug Bottle)

--Honeybees have to visit over 250,000 flowers to make a pound of honey.

--If a flea were as big as a man, it could easily jump over a skyscraper.

--Certain beetles can lift more than 30 times their own weight (about the same as a person lifting 20 cars).

--Water strider insects secrete a type of oil from their foot segments that repels water and keeps their feet dry.

--The praying mantis is the only insect in the world that can turn its head around to look behind itself.

--Comparatively speaking, if a man had legs as long as a daddy-longlegs, he would stand 40 feet off the ground.

--Flies land on you to drink your perspiration.

--During her lifetime, the Queen ant in a large nest may lay over a million eggs.

--The diving beetle gets its underwater air from an air bubble carried under its wings.

--When you see a firefly flashing, it is the male firefly signaling to the female fireflies on the ground.

Excerpted from The Bug Book & The Bug Bottle. Copyright (c) 1987. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

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Table of Contents


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

What Is a Bug?

The Bug Chart

Did You Know?

Bug & Bottle Tips

Look on Leaves

Look in a Pond

Look on the Ground

Look in a Field

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