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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Review: A Box of Beetles - 100 Beautiful Postcards

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this publication. I was filled with joy at what I discovered. This is not a book but a box full of knowledge disguised as postcards. In fact, 100 beautifully photographed beetles from all over the world. That’s only a fraction of the nearly 400,000 described species of beetles in existence that make up one-fifth of all known life forms on our planet.

This boxed set includes a 16-page booklet on ‘distinguishing features, structure and evolution’ of the beetles.  The features include colour, and structure incorporates head, thorax and abdomen.

At the back of each card is the Latin name in the top left hand corner, with the adult length in the top right. At the bottom is a description of where the beetle is found and what they feed on. The front is a full card size picture/photograph in stunning colour of the specific beetle.

The cards are alphabetically arranged and indexed. I can’t imagine anyone parting with even one of these gorgeous cards from their equally exceptional sturdy flip-top box. This is an amazing and original way to learn and educate about this diverse group of Coleoptera. You’ll never think of beetles in the same way again after going through this glorious box of beauties.

Title: A Box of Beetles: 100 Beautiful Postcards
Author: Handbook by Patrice Bouchard
Photographed by: Anthony Davies, Henri Goulet, & Udo Schmidt
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2015
Format: Boxed
ISBN: 9781782402381
For ages: 7+
Type: Non-Fiction, Postcards

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