I Love Bugs! by Emma DoddA standalone picture book for the budding scientist in your young child.
It’s perfect for the child who is into bugs or wants to be “scientific”. And it’s not so much a story, as a series of fun, bouncy rhymes as a young boy tells us all about the bugs he loves — including his most favorite — the scary, send-me-squealing bugs! It’s danged handy that Dodd uses first-person protagonist point-of-view, lol.
The graphics are huge, lol, and quite colorful with an easy blend of realism and comic. The text is also large which makes for easy reading.
See if you can find the inchworm on the inside cover!
The Cover and Title
The cover is cheerful with its orange sky and graphics that fill the cover. It’s a young boy in pale purple pants and a striped yellow and orange T, lying on the ground with blades of grass in front, holding his magnifying glass, making that ladybug look huge. Another ladybug is flying away, her wings spread wide. The title almost fills the top with a deeper orange outlined in black with a yellow highlight on the right side of the letters. The author’s name is below it in a smaller font in black.
The title is all too true, I Love Bugs! is what this young man is all about.
Facts about the Lovebugs
Scientific classification. Kingdom: Animalia. Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Hexapoda. Order: Diptera. Family: Bibionidae. Genus: Plecia. Species: P. nearctica. Binomial name. Plecia nearctica. Hardy, The lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of march fly found in parts of Central America and At that time, he reported the incidence of lovebugs to be widespread.
Believe it or not, lovebugs have a purpose
The lovebug, Plecia nearctica Hardy, is a bibionid fly species that motorists may encounter as a serious nuisance when traveling in southern states. It was first described by Hardy from Galveston, Texas. At that time he reported it to be widely spread, but more common in Texas and Louisiana than other Gulf Coast states. Figure 1. Swarm of lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy, on flowers.
scientific name: Plecia nearctica Hardy (Insecta: Diptera: Bibionidae). Introduction Adult lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy, swarm on a building. Figure 2.
you re your own worst critic
It happens around this time every year in Florida. Seemingly out of nowhere, swarms of lovebugs also known as honeymoon flies take to the air across our yards and roadways. While harmless to people, they can be quite the nuisance.
Lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy Diptera: Bibionidae. Photo by Drees. There are many other species of Bibionidae, called March flies. Other Texas species are generally black with clear wings and become abundant in certain periods of the year. They are all weak fliers.