Author(s): Helaine Becker
Most experts believe there are over 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects digging, boring, flying, crawling, and excreting their way in and around the Earth. That's about a billion "billion" bugs for every single person. And that's not even counting their close relatives, the arachnids, which include spiders, lice, ticks, scorpions, and mites. So, if we humans really are that outnumbered, wouldn't it be a good idea to learn a little more about our insect overlords? Helaine Becker's latest activities guide does just that. Following the same format as her critically acclaimed "Science on the Loose, " which demystified science through fun and silly experiments, "The Insecto-Files" investigates the hidden lives of insects. It blends little-known facts about bugs with a wealth of easy-to-do activities that are as entertaining as they are educational. Packed with Becker's trademark blend of energy, irreverence, and information, "The Insecto-Files" offers budding entomologists a gleeful guerilla approach to learning about the wonderful world of bugs.