What creature has ears on its knees, a built-in sword, and looks like a dead leaf? No, it’s not an alien – it’s a katydid! Visit the world of these tiny invertebrates and the many other oddities in this class, which come in more than three million varieties. But don’t call them bugs! In Insects, kids will find out why not all insects are bugs and get to inspect all the cool features that make insects simply amazing – like the fact that they wear their skeletons on the outside. Follow a cicada through its complete metamorphosis, which takes place after it emerges from 17 years underground, then learn why most insects live only a few weeks and what they dine on during their short lives – which turns out to be everything from blood and dung to wood and each other.
Take apart a giant termite tower and investigate the complex realms of these industrious insects. (For kids who like to build intricate forts, this part will be a hit.) Then take a look at the many weird ways that insects disguise themselves to stay alive – from displaying a pattern of giant eyes on their backs to mimicking the shape and color of a thorn. Insects, for kids, are unveiled here in all their creepy-crawly glory – and it’s all topped off with recipes for tasty insect-like snacks. Yum!