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Discover a Hidden World in Your Own Backyard

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Insects are among the most extraordinary creatures inhabiting our natural world. From the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly to the intricate design of a spider’s web, their feats are bigger than their tiny proportions. Discovering their traits and habits is a fascinating experience that anybody can enjoy if they know where to look. With The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs, readers will discover a world they never knew existed, right in their own backyards.

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, the sister-and-brother, author-photographer team behind the award-winning book The Life Cycles of Butterflies, have teamed up again to capture unique views of common backyard bugs. Each creature is shown extremely close-up in its natural setting, progressing through various stages of its life cycle. Burris and Richards have captured such amazing sights as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug – no bigger than a numeral on a penny – and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt to reveal a chrysalis. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents.

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs provides a unique look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries, offering a journey that is surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.With this book in hand, readers will discover an amazing world just outside their own doors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                                                     

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a sister-brother, author-photographer team, are coauthors of The Life Cycles of Butterflies, which won Learning Magazine’s 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award for “Children’s Books” and “Product of Excellence for the Family.” Their articles and photography, as well as many stories written about them, have been published in Butterfly Gardener, Birds and Blooms, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Better Homes and Gardens, Cincinnati, and Backyard Living.                                                                               

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Judy Burris & Wayne Richards

Storey Publishing, June 2011

136 pages; 8" x 10"

Photographs throughout

$14.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-60342-563-6

$24.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60342-985-6

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BUGS RULE!
An Introduction to the World of Insects

Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak


"Breadth classes dealing with insects have been extremely popular among science and nonscience majors for decades. The photographs, illustrations, little known facts, and sidebars in BUGS RULE! bring to life the fascinating world of insects. BUGS RULE! is an excellent text for the nonscience major and general nature enthusiast.”
—Michael K. Rust, University of California, Riverside

BUGS RULE!: An Introduction to the World of Insects (Pub date: September 25, 2013), by Whitney Cranshaw and Richard Redak, provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.
Ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, BUGS RULE! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures.
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•    Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject
•    Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders
•    Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans
•    Features more than 830 color photos
•    Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society
•    An online illustration package is available to professors
About the Authors:
Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton). Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes.


BUGS RULE!
An Introduction to the World of Insects

Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak
Cloth | ISBN13: 978-0-691-12495-7 | $55.00 / £37.95
e-book | ISBN13: 978-1-400-84892-8
472 pp. | 8 x 10 | 830+ color photos. 18 tables.
Publication Date: September 25, 2013

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Butterflies Flutter to the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium!

Red, White & Butterflies
Red, White & Butterflies
Saturday, July 7 - Sunday, July 8

(New Orleans, La.)– In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium created a patriotic display made out of red, white and blue butterflies and visitors are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with two full days of Red, White & Butterfly themed activities! The fun flutters in on Saturday, July 7 through Sunday, July 8 from 10am - 5pm.

In celebration of the newly renovated Butterfly Garden, guests will learn about the interesting life histories of several butterfly species, life spans, butterfly gardening, butterfly farming in other countries, and the differences between butterflies and moths. A butterfly release and chat are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Throughout the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, visitors will enjoy unique butterfly themed activities including up close views of butterfly wings using a "scope-on-a-rope" camera, butterfly specimen identification by the Entomology staff in the Field Camp, and hands on butterfly crafts.

Additional butterfly activities include:

  • Butterfly-shaped balloons - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Beautiful butterfly dancers in the lobby - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Caricature portraits in butterfly form - Noon to 3:00 pm
  • Butterfly face painting - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Roaming magician - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

All Red, White & Butterfly activities are included in general admission cost.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden Insectarium prices are $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for seniors and $11.00 for children and free for Audubon Nature Institute members. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attraction. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located at 423 Canal Street in downtown New Orleans in the U.S. Custom House and is open from 10am to 5pm.


Independence Weekend Discount Offer

Wednesday through Sunday, July 4 - 8, 2012
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Get $4 off a single ticket adult or child admission. Valid July 4 - 8, 2012.
Visit Go4thOnTheRiver.com to redeem coupon.