Part of the "Discovering Nature" series, this provides a brief, lively text and striking full-color photos of many exotic members of the two major bug groups, Heteroptera and Homoptera. But there are over 67,500 different kinds of bugs and, unfortunately, the author presents bits of information on the anatomy, life cycle, and defenses of so many species that the reader is left with an odd assortment of isolated facts rather than cohesive information. Moreover, the text is often too abbreviated for clarity; for example, it states that "Female bugs usually lay their eggs through an ovipositer," while the brief, generally unhelpful glossary defines ovipositer as "The egg-laying device in female insects." Attractive, but not especially useful or informative. Index, list of further reading.