Incredible Insect Architects

From the Series Insect World

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Take a closer look at nature’s amazing insect architect—the hornet! Each year, a young female hornet queen selects just the right spot and designs a nest of six-sided cells. Every cell is made from a paper-like material she creates by mixing wood with her own saliva. Once she has a small structure, she lays an egg in each cell and raises her young. Soon the queen has a whole family of workers, which continue to build more cells and increase the size of the hive. These workers also hunt insects for food, care for the queen and her young, and protect the nest. In this exciting book, you can learn what makes hornets similar to and different from other insects. Close-up diagrams reveal extraordinary details about hornets’ bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform an activity that helps you understand how a female hornet queen creates the paper-like material for her nest. Learn more about this exciting member of nature’s fascinating Insect World!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category Animals
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.6
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 595.79'8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.75 x 9
Lexile 760
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 121208
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Sidebars


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2008



“With outstanding color photography accompanied by clear, scientific text, the Insect World series provides a close-up look at the life cycle and habits of some amazing organisms. . . It’s easy to understand why Markle is an award-winning nature writer. This series of books would be ideal for a class studying life cycles or as a reference set for libraries.”

School Library Journal

“These books will please report writers, budding entomologists, and anyone who expects children’s nonfiction to be as carefully documented as adult nonfiction.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“These books offer a lot of information on each species, and the photographs, captions, and fact boxes broaden their usefulness.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.