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Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
by Judy Burris
Order:  USA  Can
Storey, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies, and Other Insects! by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards is an extremely well illustrated guide to some of the insects that may well be hanging out in your garden, yard and, perhaps, in your house too.

Over 100 of these small insects are highlighted with close up photos of what they look like in various forms, from larva and pupa to adult size. The selections don't contain a lot of information, but the guide will allow for the identification of the insects and presents some basic information on host plants, distinguishing traits and life spans.

'We hope this book will inspire nature lovers of all ages and levels of expertise ... Explore your backyard, gardens, and local parks and see what you can find. Take your camera, journal, family, and friends with you, and find out what's just waiting to be discovered,' write the authors.

This book is a Teacher's Choice Award winner, plus it also received a National Outdoor Book Award. Whether you use it to introduce your children or students to the fascinating world of insects or just keep it handy to help identify unfamiliar insects which might turn up in and around your home, you'll discover this is a reference book that will fascinate all members of the family. Every school and public library should have a copy or two!

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