For similar value compare this to The Real Book About Bugs, Insects and Such by Jane Sherman (Garden City, 1952) for both books cover their material roughly to the same extent. Mr. Lane's survey is just as competent. He begins with a chapter about the insect world in general. Then he defines ""insect"" and comments on the typical common factors in life cycles before going on to discuss the main classes and the principle kinds of insects in each. The silkworm, bees and ants are the high spots in the book, given more attention than other examples. But the latter aren't neglected and material on butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies, true bugs, water insects, wasps, houseflies and mosquitoes, give a full quota of information.