The First Book of Bugs
(, Dec. 29, 2010)
Book Excerpt:Not all the tiny creatures you see creeping and crawling and flying are truly bugs. When somebody says, "Ooh, look at the bug!" he might be pointing at a beetle with six legs, or a spider with eight legs, or a centipede with many legs. Or he might be pointing at a stink bug, which belongs to the only family scientists call bugs. But in this book, let's call them all bugs to make it easier, and, often where a bug is magnified, the out- line beside it shows you about how big it really is. If you watch a bug as it goes along about its business, you can find out what a bug's world is like. You can see what kind of legs and wings and feelers it has arid how they work, and you can hear the noises it makes. If you wait and watch long enough, you may even see it creep out of the hard, stiff suit of armor that all bugs wear, and walk off in the new and bigger suit that has been grow- ing, all wrinkled, underneath the old one.