Being big is a great way to beat others to food, push away enemies or simply stand on those you do not like. In the animal world you may be the biggest of your species but still be small compared with other animals. Alongside elephants all insects are small. But what if there is one kind of insect out of the one million insect species that is really huge compared with the others? The goliath beetle is 11 centimetres long, and the bird wing butterfly has a wingspan of 30 centimetres. What are the giant species in the animal kingdom? What advantages do these species have?
About the series:
The world is full of weird, wild and wonderful creatures. At least, that’s how many of them appear to us. To them, their apparent weirdness is not weird at all. The everyday routines of keeping alive and ensuring the survival of their species have caused them to develop habits, skills and appearances that appear outlandish to us but are perfectly normal for them.
These books will look at some of the weird and wonderful ways in which these creatures have adapted to their environment—or had adapted to it until we destroyed or altered it. Now, they need our help in order to survive. Understanding them is a first step to protecting their world—and ours.
Weird, wild and wonderful is a literacy series that lets students explore this aspect of science in an interesting and motivating way. High quality, stimulating pictures provide visual clues to the vocabulary. Short captions and carefully levelled language give students knowledge about these animals while developing their language skills.
Weird, wild and wonderful is suitable for independent reading, guided reading and as part of a science reference library.
Areas of weirdness explored!
• eating — blood suckers
• hunting methods