The lush, oversized illustrations here will appeal to young readers, but the chatty, adult text may puzzle as much as it informs: ""The ladybug's preference for aphids often puts her at odds with ants, who are quick to protect their 'dairy cattle.'"" Or: ""A ladybug under siege will pull into her shell, squirt a bitter orange fluid from her leg joints, and hope for the best."" There are unnecessary anthropomorphic references: the ""fearless"" praying mantis, the ""sneak-attack"" ambush bug, the ""friendly"" ladybug. Utility is further diminished by a text that lacks size references, scientific names, or an index. Still, young viewers will relish seeing the dramatic, plate-size presentations of moths, ants, stag beetles, etc.