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Bugs : insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and other closely related arthropods
Lowenstein, Frank, 1960-
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New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1999.
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111 pages : color illustrations ; 36 cm
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Central Library QL463 .L68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Central Library QL463 .L68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Creepy, crawly and ever present, bugs scare and fascinate people of all ages. This book magnifies the amazing habits and bizarre physical features of insects and other small creatures to brilliant proportions.

Their habits and habitats; their social lives, sex lives and life cycles; their sense, food, behavior; their enemies and allies are all covered.

Full-color spreads offer a macroscopic view of insects' tiny world and take readers into their survival-of-the-fittest environment. From the common ant to rare wood spiders, praying mantis' and monster dragon flies, the bugs are pictured in their natural habitats, hunting, courting and burrowing.

Lavishly illustrated with dazzling action shots, Bugs goes way beyond standard zoo photography in this huge 13 1/2"x13 1/2" format book - the same as Heavy Equipment and Pickup Trucks.

The text describes every detail - from mating habits and homes/hiding places to defense mechanisms - highlighting the most fascinating trait of each critter. A special box in each section gives significant scientific statistics: life span, time of the year that you might see them, size, species, genus and various other distinguishing characteristics.

Author Notes

Sheryl Lechner has been a freelance writer and editor since the 1980s. Her profiles and feature articles deal with topics such as women's rights, film, health, and the environment and have appeared in such publications, as Sierra, Audubon, Reform Judaism, the Boston Globe and Berkshire Living . She has worked as a reporter at three newspapers and served as a political and press staffer for city council members and a governor. Her original screenplay The Lobster Trap deals with issues of integrity and entrapment in the world of politics. Frank Lowenstein's first published writing was a review of activist singer U. Utah Philips's 1982 concert in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has since published dozens of articles on environmental, economic, and scientific issues. He serves as Director of Forest Health Programs for The Nature Conservancy's Global Forest Partnership. He shares a home in western Massachusetts with co-editor Sheryl Lechner and their three sons.

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School Library Journal Review

YA-The large size of this book and the wealth of glossy, full-color photos (over 300) give an initial impression that it belongs in a children's collection. The actual text, however, is substantial and offers detailed information and observations on a multitude of entomological topics, including "Evolution: 375 million Years of Evidence," "Insects in History and Prehistory," "Growth and Metamorphosis," and "Insect Sex." The photos magnify to breathtaking proportions the amazing habits and physical features of dozens of the world's insects, pictured in their natural habitats-hunting, courting, burrowing, and eating. The authors successfully share with readers their own fascination with and respect for these small creatures. Whether looking eye to compound eye with a fly, examining the scales on a tiger swallowtail butterfly's wing, or coming literally face to face with a praying mantis or tarantula, readers will be mesmerized by the startling camera shots. Interesting trivia, quotes, and statistics are sprinkled liberally throughout in attractive sidebars and boxes. Although there is no index, this book is easy to use, in part because of the large headings and copious pictures. The presentation of the material and the exceptional photos will attract, absorb, and engage any teen.-Becky Ferrall, Stonewall Jackson High School, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Surpassingly Strange Creatures What is (And is Not) an Insect
Evolution: 375 Million Years of Evidence Beyond Six Legs
Traits of Insects And How
They Are Classified Things That Are Not Insects
The Other Arthropods A Closer Look At Spiders
A Gallery Of Spiders
Pieces of the Puzzle
How Insects Relate To People And The Rest Of The Planet
Insects In History And Prehistory Insects And Humans
Today The Romance Of Insects And Flowers
What Eats Insects And What Insects Eat Covering
The Landscape Insects On A Changing Planet The Conservation Of Rare Insects
The Life of an Insect
Birth Growth and Metamorphosis Insect Sex
The Anatomy Of An Insect Senses
Communication Flight And Movement Offense And Defense
Insect Societies Up Close & Personal
The Orders of Hexapods
Simple Insects: The Parainsecta And Wingless
Insects Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)
Dragonflies (Odonata)
Rock Crawlers (Grylloblattaria)
Walkingsticks And Leaf Insects (Phasmida)
Grasshoppers, Crickets And Locusts (Orthoptera)
Mantids (Mantodea)
Cockroaches (Blattaria)
Termites (Isoptera)
Earwigs (Dermaptera)
Web-Spinners (Embiidina)
Stoneflies (Plecoptera)
Zorapterans (Zoraptera)
Lice: Barlice and Booklice (Psocoptera)
Chewing And Sucking Lice (Phthiraptera)
True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Aphids, Cicadas And Their Relatives (Homoptera)
Lacewings And Their Relatives (Neuroptera)
And Thrips (Thysanoptera)
Beetles (Coleoptera)
Twisted-Wing Parasites (Strepsiptera)
Scorpionflies (Mecoptera)
Fleas (Siphonaptera)
Flies (Diptera)
Caddisflies (Trichoptera)
Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera)
Ants, Bees And Wasps (Hymenoptera)
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