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Bonkers about Beetles by Owen Davey

Did you know that there are roughly 400,000 different species of beetles? These incredible creatures make up about 25% of all animals on our planet. Beetles are superbly adapted to life in various climates across the world, wherever trees and flowers are found.

From the mighty Goliath beetle to the beautiful iridescent scarab beetle, this captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about these fascinating insects.

The latest addition to Davey's bestselling series highlights beetles beautiful and bizarre, from the microscopic to the truly massive.

It is a truly beautiful book. Davey illustrates the beetles in a dramatic geometric, yet accurate, style. It is a book that should not be tucked away on a shelf, but placed out for all to see. It begs to be picked up.

Broken into sections with playful headings, such as ‘Love You and Leaf You’ about leaf-rolling weevils, Davey explores bugs in great depth.

Life cycles, metamorphism, anatomy, biology and behaviour of beetles are all laid out in this reference book. The quirky beetle facts really shine and will have any animal lover marvelling -- like the head stander beetle which uses yoga to collect water to drink in the desert.

A wonderful page shows the beetles life-sized, while another highlights the flight and flash patterns of fireflies. Yet another shows the weird and wonderful, giving readers an invitation to explore the giraffe weevil and the violin beetle, among others.

It is a great first reference book for those budding scientists, while adults will marvel at the illustrations and witty informational tidbits hiding within.

With a tough hardcover, timeless stunning illustrations and plenty to learn, it will delight even the most squeamish of readers.

Reviewer: Rebekah Fraser

HarperCollins Publishers, RRP $27.99


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