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September 23 , 2007

Insecta: Planet of the Ants (Book 1 - Zombie Nest)


Take the best Nat Geo Wild specials on ants, mix in the Science Channel’s “Monster Bug Wars,” add mantis claw swords, giant war beetles, and armored millipede tanks, cast the brew in fantasy, and you’ve got Insecta: Planet of the Ants. Iridescent imagination flies high, burrows deep, and attacks head-on in this epic adventure set in a distant bioluminescent world where gigantic insects rule and powerful ant queens lock mandibles in a deadly chess game of massive proportions.

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Not only is the series filled with action, intrigue, and life lessons for youth, it is a giant looking glass revealing the amazing entomological world that surrounds us. It is education through entertainment; it is nature personified. Many of the characters, places, and things are inspired by some of the weirdest and most awesome insects, figures, locations, and events found on Earth!

Each chapter includes a “Did You Know?” box with a cool fact about the natural world. And readers are invited to visit a website for the full interactive glossary, including links to images and videos. They can see the actual creatures that inspired it all, gain insights about the insect characters and their world, and find out what the author was thinking while crafting the amazing world of Insecta: Planet of the Ants.

In Book 1 (Zombie Nest), phorid flies overwhelm the Schumanni ant nest, laying eggs in their prey and turning them into zombies (this actually happens in real life!). Desperate to keep the flies from infesting the entire land, Queen Cordia retreats to her chambers, seals her infected brood underground, and sends her son Nodosa on a perilous mission to enlist the help of the legendary leafcutter ants. But can the armored leafcutters rescue the Queen before the zombie ants and flies reach her? Or will the fire ants unseal the nest and let loose the monsters within?

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