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The ABCs of Insects by Bobbie Kalman

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Did you guess a zebra? Adult zebra longwings are unusual because they eat both pollen and nectar. Most butterflies just sip nectar. Eating pollen allows zebra longwings to live up to six months. Most other butterflies live only one month. The zebra longwing is the state butterfly of Florida. Zebra longwing caterpillars have sharp spines that keep predators away. Zebra longwing butterflies have poison in their bodies that can kill predators. 31 Glossary Note: Some boldfaced words are defined mimicry A color, pattern, or growth that where they appear in the book.

They lie still for several minutes before moving again. When weevils play dead, they are safe from predators that hunt only living animals. snout This weevil is a giraffe weevil. It has a long neck, just like the neck of a giraffe. 29 eXtinct Xerces Some insects are endangered, and some are already extinct. ” The Xerces Blue butterfly is an extinct species of butterfly. This butterfly is believed to be extinct due to habitat loss. Habitat loss is losing one’s home. The Xerces Blue butterfly was last seen around 1941.

Weevils are usually small and have snouts on their heads. A snout is like a big nose. Weevils eat plants and can damage crops. Weevils are often found in dry foods such as nuts, seeds, flour, and even in your breakfast cereals! Weevils play dead by drawing their legs close to their bodies. They lie still for several minutes before moving again. When weevils play dead, they are safe from predators that hunt only living animals. snout This weevil is a giraffe weevil. It has a long neck, just like the neck of a giraffe.

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