We had a wonderful day out at Marwell Zoo recently and got to watch some remarkable Leaf Cutter Ants hard at work. You all know we love insects here, but it’s normally butterflies and dragonflies that steal the limelight. Watching the ants hard at work reminded both me and my 7 year old son just how wonderful all insects can be. We’ve been reading Don’t Bug the Insects by Ben Richmond recently and it’s a great introduction to twelve of these wonderful 6 legged creatures.
Don’t Bug the Insects is published through Sterling Books and is a 28 page hardback book. It’s full of interesting facts about a range of insects including ants, silkworms and lightning bugs to name but a few.
Did you know that there are over 13,000 different species of ants? No, neither did we. We certainly watched the ants at Marwell Zoo carrying five times their own body weight as they cut up leaves and carried them home. Fascinating to watch.
Bees are a firm favourite here, and my son is used to me spending ages watching them as the fly from one flower to another pollinating as they go.
Don’t Bug the Insects is written from the insects’ point of view, which amused my 7 year old. As we meet each insect in turn we learn about them, how they help the world around them and on their impact on the human race.
When we took some of my Dad’s bug collection into school at the end of Year Two, most of the children were fascinated by the praying mantis and I can see a few of them wanting to keep one as a pet in the future. It’s also interesting to know that this insect has inspired two different martial arts with its’ movements.
My son has been a ladybird spotter for as long as I can remember but he had no idea that some ladybirds have no spots at all. Did you? Priced at £10.99 Don’t Bug the Insects provides an introduction to insects with some interesting facts.
disclosure: we were given the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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