Award-winning author and photographer Nic Bishop brings his vast knowledge of biology to this eye-catching exploration of butterflies and moths. With breathtaking full-page images, Nic introduces young readers to the beauty and diversity of these amazing insects, from the shockingly bright blue morpho butterfly to the nearly transparent glasswing butterfly to the mouthless luna moth. The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about the insects' appearance, habits, and life cycle--including a double gatefold spread of a butterfly in flight.
Do you know how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths? It is not always easy. But after reading this book, you will have a better idea...and you will have learned quite a lot about these amazing insects. Did you know that the world's largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra's birdwing, has a wingspan of almost a foot? Or that there are moths that feed on the tears of sleeping animals? Stunning photographs trace the life cycle of butterflies and moths as they grow from eggs no bigger than a grain of sand into hungry caterpillars (kids will be fascinated with the close-ups of the caterpillar's body) and then into adults. The extraordinary photographs on every page are spectacularbright, colorful close-ups that will delight readers young and old. A four-page foldout shows, through photographs, a butterfly's flight. Straightforward, easy-to-understand and informative text introduces young readers to just a few of the almost 170,000 different types of butterflies and moths. At the end of the book, readers will find an index, brief glossary and author's notes. A book for younger readers but one everyone can enjoy. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen