The praying mantis is the only animal on Earth with one ear―and it’s in the middle of its chest. Aphids are born pregnant. Moths can’t fly during an earthquake. If you didn’t know these things, you soon will. Packed full of jaw-dropping facts, Buzzkill presents the big picture on bugs. You might think insects are gross, or scary, or dangerous.They can be. But there’s so much more than meets the eye. Insects play a critical role on our planet, from sustenance to pollination to medicines and more. Buzzkilltackles both the wacky and weird, as well as threats to insects and their habitats, their possible extinction, and ways that everyday people can prevent their decline. Black and white illustrations combine scientific accuracy with humor and personality.
Brenna Maloney is a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post who has spent the last twelve years deeply ensconced in environmental reporting, writing, and editing for the National Geographic Society. She is the award-winning author of twelve other books—most recently earning a “silver” from the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for science writing for young readers.