A fly with no mouth, a hydraulic powered spider, a freeze-proof caterpillar, and a deadly message coded in light pulses―are these things found only in exotic places like Africa or the Amazon basin? Follow the author and his family as they discover these wonders and many more in a single two-acre Ohio backyard. Read about fifty blanched female insects that round out a certain recipe for German Chocolate cake. Learn about the ornate exterminator and its recycling habits. Discover what an insect, a dictator, and a car have in common. And don’t be surprised if this book puts you in the mood to strike out on a backyard safari of your own.