Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

July 16, 2009 09:00 ET

Canadian Museum of Nature: New Edition of Best-Selling Bug Book for Kids Hits the Shelves in Time for Summer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2009) - A best-selling children's book about bugs is now even better with a newly revised edition. Just in time for cottage season, The Bug Book and Bug Bottle is part field guide and part activity kit. It introduces young naturalists to the world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates that most people think of simply as "bugs".

Packed with activities and packaged in its own collecting bottle, the kit includes a full-colour book with field notes for 46 bugs (up from 24 in the original edition). The bugs are arranged by habitat, including those found in ponds, woods, or fields, or on the ground, leaves, or flowers. New to the kit are some important tools-of-the-trade for budding bug enthusiasts: a fold-out chart for quick identification, a magnifier to see the critters up close, and a journal to record discoveries.

"I selected bugs that people commonly come across or find interesting," explains author Dr. Hugh Danks, who wrote the first edition in 1987. Danks is an entomologist who retired in 2007 after nearly 30 years with the Biological Survey of Canada for Terrestrial Arthropods, based at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

While the book is targeted at ages 8 and up, it can readily appeal to younger ones and their parents. "Over the years, I've received numerous letters from parents and kids who love the book and have enjoyed their introduction to the fascinating world of bugs," remarks Danks.

The Bug Book offers comprehensive information about these fascinating creatures-how they live, what they eat, unusual characteristics, and more. It offers simple, clear guidelines on how to identify bugs, how to collect and care for them, and equally helpful hints on which bugs not to catch! And numerous activities will keep active minds busy: discover how to hatch a butterfly, give a daddy longlegs a drink, or help a caddis build an underwater home.

Readers will discover how the whirligig beetle got its name, why fireflies light up, and how water striders walk on water. They will learn how insects differ from spiders and also what these bugs all have in common, namely jointed legs and a hard skeleton outside of their bodies - not the soft skin that humans have.

The Bug Book and Bug Bottle is printed by Workman Publishing. It can be obtained in Canada through the online catalogue of the Canadian Museum of Nature at, or at major bookstores.

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    Dan Smythe, Senior Media Relations Officer