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ISBN: 978-0-620-68236-7

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“Your book, ‘What Insect are You’, is BRILLIANT. It makes learning science so interesting and relevant to our lives. Learners of all ages, who reads this book, will love it…”


This enthralling and informative book celebrates insects in their awe-inspiring diversity and beauty. It acquaints the reader with all 30 main insect groups, explains how they live, how their bodies work, the amazing things they do, how they reproduce, hunt, work together and protect themselves, how they affect us (good and bad), how important they are in nature, why we should protect them and how. This book is packed with both entertainment and solid science.

Over 560 beautiful colour photographs, engaging text, fascinating facts and stories, recent discoveries, occasional diagrams, maps and even cartoons, all aim to inform, delight and encourage further exploration.

Aimed mainly at young people, this book is equally suitable for adult readers and can even be enjoyed by trained biologists. It is a valuable addition to public and school libraries and a wonderful gift for nature enthusiasts, both young and old.

“In this book I share my great fascination and passion for insects. It is my dear wish for people to look at insects with new eyes, with interest and awe, perchance to fall in love with them. I’d like folk to have a deeper appreciation of the natural world, how it holds together, how important insects are in the functioning of the whole, and to be motivated to help protect and promote indigenous ecosystems.” Marlies Craig


  • To begin with insects are placed into context within the realm of life on earth.
  • Insect body structure and function are covered.
  • All 30 hexapod orders (main groups) are presented in loving detail, starting with six-legged ‘nearly-insects’ and ending with wasps and bees.
  • Different life-styles, reproduction, predator-prey relationships, social habits, insects of medical and economic importance, etc. are discussed.
  • The book ends on a strong environmental note.


Erratum: in the first 100 locally printed copies the Table of Contents is out by 4 pages. This has been corrected in the second print run. Sincere apologies.