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Brilliant Bugs

Discover the amazing talents of insects, spiders and more creepy crawlies

Matt Turner Santiago Calle

96 pages
Beetle Books

Not only are there an astonishingly ten quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) insects alive at any one time – they have been around for some 400 million years! Even before dinosaurs roamed the planet. Discover a hidden world; from the very tiny micro bugs that can only be seen under a microscope to the giant Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula. Here are some seriously smart creatures.

You’ll find that:

  • some termite queens lay up to 40,000 eggs a day
  • fleas can jump 30,000 times non-stop
  • spiders that look like bird dropping or beetles
  • all the world’s ants weigh more than all the people in the world
  • And much more!

Dramatic photography mixed with comic-style art and humming facts on what makes these amazing creatures so awesome and why they are so important to our natural world. Insects rule. OK?

Author Bio

Matt Turner has worked as a picture researcher, editor and writer. He has authored books on diverse topics including natural history, earth sciences and railways, as well as hundreds of articles for encyclopaedias and partworks, covering everything from elephants to abstract art. He and his family currently live near Auckland, New Zealand, where he volunteers for the local Coastguard unit and dabbles in art and craft.

Santiago Calle is an illustrator and animator trained in Edinburgh College of Arts in Scotland. He began his career as a teacher, which led him to deepen his studies in sequential art. Santiago founded his art studio Liberum Donum in Bogotá in 2006, partnering with his brother Juan. Since then, they have dedicated themselves to producing concept art, illustration, comic strip and animation.