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This fun book will have kids bugging out! Explore the fascinating miniature world of spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and more as stunning photography combines with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal look at the hidden lives of these tiny backyard residents. Watch each creature progress through different life stages as they eat, grow, and learn in a natural setting. Surprising and captivating, this one-of-a-kind introduction to the crawlers and flyers just outside the door is a delight for nature lovers of all ages.
This stunning photographic guide will have butterfly enthusiasts of all ages aflutter. Judy Burris and Wayne Richards include more than 400 full-color, up-close images that present the life cycles of 23 common North American butterflies in amazing detail. Watch caterpillars hatch from eggs, eat and grow, form into chrysalides, emerge as colorful butterflies, and fly through the air. You’ll also learn which plants butterflies avoid and which native species they’re attracted to, so you can create your own backyard butterfly haven.
"The Secret Lives of Chickens" does not describe how to raise chickens but rather how chickens live their lives, what their own society is like, what they do in their day-to-day living, their generally contented and happy approach to life, their many wiles, and more. Chickens are much more than we generally assume them to be. They are clever and they outsmart us all the time. What they do, and the situations in which they find themselves, can be humorous, and warm, and friendly. "The Secret Lives of Chickens" is a pleasant, easy to read book. This second edition of the hardcover book has been re-formatted from 10x8 to 8x10, some of the many photos have been spruced up a bit, but otherwise the content is the same.
Regardless of age, we all enjoy the fun of discovering new insights to our natural world. Nature’s Notes delivers this joy using “bite-sized learning” text and dazzling close-up photos to unlock scores and scores of fascinating secrets. The fast-paced format features mini-articles and sidebars interspersed with fun and affordable projects as well as backyard explorations revealing hidden natural treasures. Nature’s Notes unique spiral-binding and flexible jacket make this eye-popping book both sturdy and “outdoor-friendly”. Author/photographers Judy Burris and Wayne Richards have had their work featured in national and worldwide magazines. Their award-winning book, The Secret Life of Backyard Bugs is a national nature-category best seller.
“Minibeasts” is a fun way to describe all types of very small animals. Readers will have the chance to make all types of crafts, including ladybug dominoes and even a worm farm. Step-by-step instructions accompanied by colorful photographs will keep readers engaged from cover to cover.
Introduction -- The importance of insects -- Insect biodiversity : regional examples -- Insect biodiversity in the nearctic region -- Amazonian rainforests and their richness and abundance of terrestrial arthropods on the edge of extinction : abiotic-biotic players in the critical zone -- Insect biodiversity in the afrotropical region -- Biodiversity of australasian insects -- Insect biodiversity in the palearctic region -- Insect biodiversity : taxon examples -- Biodiversity of aquatic insects -- Biodiversity of diptera -- Biodiversity of heteroptera -- Biodiversity of coleoptera -- Biodiversity of hymenoptera -- Diversity and significance of lepidoptera : a phylogenetic perspective -- Insect biodiversity : tools and approaches -- The science of insect taxonomy : prospects and needs -- Insect species, concepts and practice -- Molecular dimensions of insect taxonomy in the genomics era -- Dna barcodes and insect biodiversity -- Insect biodiversity informatics -- Parasitoid biodiversity and insect pest management -- Taxonomy of crop pests : the aphids -- Adventive (non-native) insects and the consequences for science and society of species that become invasive -- Biodiversity of blood-sucking flies : implications for humanity -- Reconciling ethical and scientific issues for insect conservation -- Taxonomy and management of insect biodiversity -- Insect biodiversity, millions and millions
A perfect holiday gift, the multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

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