Publication Date: April 1, 2000
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Follow the life of one ladybug as she journeys from the egg to adulthood.
On a warm, sunny day at the end of summer, a ladybug lays her yellow eggs on a leaf. Soon, each egg hatches into a tiny larva with a huge appetite for aphids. Despite the dangers of ants and praying mantises, the larvae grow big enough to create hard pupae around themselves. When they break through the pupae, they are ladybugs at last.
In simple, poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explores the life-cycle of the most beloved beetle.
Rick Chrustowski grew up in Indiana and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He loves to draw from nature, and spent lots of time studying ladybugs in the meadow near his farm in River Falls, Wisconsin while he was creating the illustrations for Bright Beetle. He even bought some praying mantis eggs and hatched them in his garden. Bright Beetle is his first picture book.