Best books on insects for all ages.

With the number of books available on bugs, selecting the right one can often be a daunting task. At WhatsThatBug.com, we’ve curated a selection of books that we believe every bug enthusiast should consider adding to their library. Whether you’re a curious child or an adult with a fascination for insects, these recommended reads cater to individuals of all ages who are keen on delving deeper into the captivating world of bugs.

Best books for hiking

When going on a hike, it’s convenient to have a compact book to aid in identifying the insects you encounter. “Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects” is a great option, offering over 500 images and identification methods to help you in recognizing the bugs you observe along the way.

Pictures of insects:

National Geographic Photo Ark: Insects: Butterflies, Bees, and Kindred Creatures book had the most amazing pictures of all insects some are very common and others are extremely rare, this book has the most amazing vivid pictures.

Bug, garden book:

If you’re interested in discovering the types of bugs that benefit your garden and prefer a natural approach to pest control, “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden” is an excellent read. This book explores the advantages of insects in your garden.

Encyclopedia of insects:

If you seek a thorough resource covering all facets of insects—from anatomy and ecology to physiology and beyond—look no further than the “Encyclopedia of Insects.” With over 300 topics and contributions from over 260 entomologists, this book provides an extensive array of facts and insights.

Harmful Insects:

While our appreciation for bugs knows no bounds, it’s crucial to distinguish between those that pose harm. Certain insects can be detrimental to other species, plants, gardens, and even humans. The “Encyclopedia of Ecology of Harmful Insects” delves into the habitats and behaviors of these bugs, equipping you with valuable insights on how to identify and address potential threats.

Natural bug remedies:


If you’re seeking a comprehensive guide on natural bug prevention methods, look no further than “Homemade Repellents.” This book discusses treating household bugs organically, utilizing everyday items readily available in your home. Whether you’re dealing with pesky insects indoors or outdoors, “Homemade Repellents” equips you with the knowledge and tools to keep your living spaces bug-free in an eco-friendly manner.

Best bug books for kids

Newborns:

If you have a newborn, we find Hello Bugs! Is a great book for the youngest of bug lovers it’s a crinkle cloth book that makes noises.

Age 1 to 2:

I think no bug collection for babies would be complete without The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this book tells the story of the lifecycle of a caterpillar into a butterfly and does it in a way that is easy for kids to understand.

Age 3 to 5:

The Backyard Bug book for kids is a fun and information book, this book in narrated by a caterpillar and a day in its life living in the backyard. It’s a great introduction to bugs in your yard for younger kids, it even keeps their attention by asking them to find certain items on the pages.

Ages 6 to 9

The wonder of curiosity during childhood is truly remarkable and harnessing that interest with engaging books is crucial. “The Fascinating Bug Book for Kids: 500 Startling Facts!” is a fantastic choice, boasting captivating pictures and intriguing facts that are sure to captivate and entertain young readers.