Archives for: February 2012

Peeper, First Voice of Spring by Robert M. McClung

February 24th, 2012
Peeper, First Voice of Spring by Robert M. McClung Wonderful, descriptive prose really brings to life the process of moving from winter to spring. Informative descriptions of different eggs you may find in ponds ? frogs, toads, salamanders. Discusses h… more »

Bzzz, Bzzz! Mosquitoes in your backyard by Nancy Loewen

February 6th, 2012
An entertaining book to read to your kids or for an early reader to ready to you. You'll learn why mosquitoes bite even though their main food is nectar, just like butterflies. Loewen provides details on what makes bites itch, how to avoid being bitten,… more »

Don't Squash That Bug! The curious kid's guide to insects by Natalie Rompella

February 6th, 2012
This is a great book! It has sections on the most commonly found insect orders and for most orders provides a few hints on identifying the insects you see. Each order is allotted two pages in the book; information typically includes some basic biology a… more »

Insects: Biggest! Littlest! by Sandra Markle

February 6th, 2012
This is a great book for introducing kids to ecological concepts. The title might make you think it's just a look at insects at either end of the size range, but actually the text documents how size contributes to survival of different animals. A few of… more »

Keeping Minibeasts: Caterpillars by Barrie Watts

February 6th, 2012
Keeping Minibeasts: Caterpillars (1989, Franklin Watts Inc.) will provide you with the basics for successfully raising caterpillars. It gives advice on cages, how to handle caterpillars without harming them, and how to feed them. It also provides some i… more »

Show-Me Bugs by Michael Reinke

February 5th, 2012
Show-Me Bugs: an uncommonly colorful guide to 50 cool bugs in Missouri (2006, Missouri Department of Conservation) is a great introduction to the diversity of insects. This guide is useful not only to residents of Missouri, but also to some extent to pe… more »