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Bugs in Danger. Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies and Beetles by Mark Kurlansky, illus. Jia Liu.

February 25, 2020

Bugs in DangerBugs in Danger. Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies and Beetles by Mark Kurlansky, illus. Jia Liu. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2020.

This non fiction book is told like a finely crafted novel. It is so interesting that I read it twice over a period of a month.

Darwin said that biodiversity and a large number of species is one of the keys to survival. Unfortunately for a large number of essential insects the number of species is slowly disappearing and this poses problems for the survival of other plants and animals not least humankind.

The use of insecticides, habitat destruction, climate change and light pollution combined with natural occurrences like mysterious colony collapse disorder by bees, has eliminated already thousands of extinctions of both plant and animal species. Are humans the next?

Insects make up 80% of all living species but they occupy only 7% of space. While we despise mosquitoes and flies, eliminating them causes other species who feed on them to also decline. Bees in particular are hugely important because they pollinate many food crops and their disappearance would be catastrophic causing food shortages.

Jia Lui’s subtle pen and ink illustrations support the easy to read and understand written text. I would rate this one of the best non fiction science texts I have ever read.

Suitable for primary through to secondary readers.

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