Diving Beetles

Underwater Insect Predators

From the Series Insect World

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

Check out the action at a nearby pond where a master predator is on the hunt—a diving beetle! This skillful insect is after larvae, small fish, salamanders, and other prey. Key body parts make a diving beetle an effective hunter. When it spots a target, the beetle’s body traps an air bubble, which it uses to breathe underwater for up to 10 to 15 minutes! Its legs act like oars to move it quickly through the water. A smooth, waxy coat helps too. The diving beetle snatches its prey with its strong jaws. Bite by bite, the adult beetle devours its meal. In this exciting book, you can learn what makes diving beetles similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about diving beetle bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform activities that help you find ways protect the diving beetles watery home, and understand how diving beetles breathe underwater. Learn more about this exiting 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
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Dewey 595.76'2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 780
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 120942
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, and Sidebars

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.