Ages 6 to 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of beetles live all over the world in habitats as diverse as swamps, rainforests, and deserts. This describes the growth and development of these fascinating insects from egg to adult. Full-colour images of all kinds of beetles, from the familiar to the extraordinary, are included. Illustrations and photographs illuminate topics such as: where beetles lay their eggs; the transformation from larva to pupa to beetle; differences between male and female beetles; how beetles defend themselves against predators; dangers faced by beetles; how children can help beetles.