“Get a closer view of a variety of insects and plants in this bright, engaging children’s book.
Featuring a handful of animals, including a cat who implores readers to explore the insects and plants around them, this educational book dives quickly into descriptions of common and not-so-common crawling creatures—carpenter bees and their wood-boring habits, grasshoppers, wolf spiders, walking sticks and even predatory lizards…. There’s also a
discussion on the effects of pesticides on insects, dying bee colonies, how bugs help pollinate plants, butterfly coloration and more—overall, a well-rounded look at insect life. Donaho’s debut children’s book boasts clear, brightly colored photos that immerse readers in the insects’ habitats. Vibrant and engaging, they add a special touch…. The book also offers tips on how to look for insects in flowers in readers’ own backyards—a nice inclusion sure to inspire some afternoon exploring.
One part education and one part entertainment, this vibrant book will delight readers of all ages, from bug beginners to almost-entomologists.” – Kirkus Reviews
While a week celebrated in the United Kingdom, we should celebrate the diversity of form and function in the insect world everywhere. Click here for a BBC slide show.
This bizarre Flesh Fly is eating some rotten fruit. Flies lay eggs on rotting flesh and vegetation. When those eggs hatch the larvae, known as maggots, feed on what is around them. They are scavengers. In this way flies play an important part in the environment by helping to break down plant and animal waste. Did you know that flies are important pollinators? Just like the bees, flies help spread pollen from plant to plant. Flies are also an important food source to other animals in the food chain. From spiders to birds, flies and their maggots provide concentrated protein to those other animals. In New York state, the Flesh Fly maggot is very important in controlling Tent Caterpillars.
The Flesh Fly does not bite us because it has no biting mouth parts. They are sometimes called “Friendly Flies” because they will land on us to perhaps get some salt or moisture off of our skin.
Let’s not forget the importance of every animal in the environment. Flies are scavengers, pollinators, predators and food for other animals.