Beetle Battles: One Scientist's Journey of Adventure and Discovery
Doug Emlen is a scientist. He studies beetles. Specifically, he studies the evolution of beetle weapons—how their horns and armor change to better suit them in different environments.
This book starts with a mystery: Doug wanted to know why a particular type of beetle developed a massive evolutionary weapon. He wanted to know how these changes happened and what advantages these enormous weapons gave the tiny dung beetles. So, he went to visit.
Part travel diary and part scientific exploration, Beetle Battles takes you deep into the South American rainforest to monitor beetles in their own habitat.
Epilogue. Resources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, diagrams, and illustrations.
JLG Release: Mar 2020
Awards & Honors
2020 Green Earth Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Nonfiction
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Level 8.1; Points: 5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Doug Emlen (1967– ), Science and scientists, South American rainforest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama, Beetles, Entomology, Insect behavior and characteristics, Field research, Birds, Animals, Military history,