FIND THE HIDDEN INSECT by Joanna Cole

FIND THE HIDDEN INSECT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As Cole describes some of the ways insects have of avoiding detection--by mimicking a twig or a bad-tasting wasp, blending in with a leaf or tree bark, adopting the color and markings of surrounding flowers, or hiding in secreted fuzz or bubbles--Wexler's excellent photos demonstrate the effectiveness of their ploys. The best show comes last: ""One caterpillar of the inchworm family hides by covering itself with flower petals. This method works so well that it is almost impossible to find the caterpillar hidden in this Queen Anne's lace flower""--but we do begin to make it out as the petals on its body die and turn brown and the larva pulls them off with its mouth and puts on another flower ""dress."" As usual, Cole knows how to point up the pictures efficiently; and as she encourages children to see for themselves, Wexler shows them exactly what nature, and then the author, intend them to see.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1979
Publisher: Morrow