Insect Metamorphosis
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Insect Metamorphosis
by Ron and Nancy Goor

Have you ever seen a butterfly come out of a chrysalis or a caterpillar molt out of what looks like its skin? The book Insect Metamorphosis explains what is happening to these insects as it explains how insects go through stages.

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Unlike people, insects don't grow gradually into adults but go through a series
of different stages. Some insects look completely different at each stage of
development. The beautiful multi-colored butterfly we see fluttering through the
flowers was once a tiny brown caterpillar crawling along a leaf. This method of
growth is called complete metamorphosis. The book explains the four stages of
growth in complete <A HREF=metamorphosis by showing us how several different insects look and act at each stage.

Other insects do not change the way they look from one stage to another. The young insects look much like adults, only smaller. This method of growth is called incomplete metamorphosis. In the book we learn the life story of grasshoppers, praying mantids, dragonflies, and cicadas — all examples of insects that go through incomplete metamorphosis.

There are so many interesting things to learn about insects. Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite, and that some dragonflies can fly 60 miles per hour? If you have ever wanted to explore the world of insects, this book can help you begin your research.

Try the Insect Metamorphosis Activity to find out more about insects and how they grow.


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