DARLYNE A. MURAWSKI - photographer, writer & biologist | Publications

Darlyne Murawski's selected publications:

Children's Books

The Ultimate Bugopedia,  National Geographic.  Co-authored with Nancy Honovich.  Awarded the Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12 by the National Science Teachers (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council.

Booklist    “This outstanding book is a must for all library collections and will delight bug-obsessed readers everywhere!”

School Library Journal   Gr 2–6—This dense yet fascinating book provides information on just about any bug one can imagine (with individual profiles on 83 different species). Budding entomologists will learn about bug life cycles, scientific classifications, communication methods, feeding habits, and much more. The book is broken down into several clearly labeled sections, and a "How to Use This Book" chapter, along with the detailed table of contents, helps readers navigate through the information. Blocks of texts are used on each page but are not overwhelming, and the language is clear and engaging. Eye-popping color photographs, diagrams, text boxes with supplemental material, and a running fact stream across the bottom of every page also help students learn as much as they possibly can about these creepy-crawlies. Features such as "Talk with an Entomologist" and "How You Can Help" provide other perspectives and allow children to recognize their own role in the life of bugs and our ecosystem. Through the extensive index, researchers can look up topics easily, but the book also lends itself to browsing or just flipping through for fun. A highly recommended work.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY.


Face to Face with Butterflies,  National Geographic.

From the Publisher   Face to Face with Butterflies provides interesting, clear factual information about butterflies: how they eat, how they compete with each other for food, how they migrate across large distances. The writing is crisp and clear, and provides a nice detailed introduction for bug-loving kids. Side-bars, like "how to attract butterflies" and "how to plant a butterfly garden" provide extra information. Murawski is a noted photographer and biologist who specializes in butterflies and other insects.

A butterfly net is essential equipment if you want to study butterflies up close.As Face to Face with Butterflies explains, it is important to never touch a butterfly's wings. A butterfly net will allow you to catch a butterfly and observe it up close before releasing it or transferring it to a small screened enclosure. And what fun for a young naturalist to have their own butterfly net!


Face to Face with Caterpillars,  National Geographic.  Awarded the Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12, Booklist's Top Ten Nonfiction Series for Youth, and a Starred review from the School Library Journal

The School Library Journal  Engaging stories about the photographer's field experiences are punctuated with factual information about the animals yet focus on situations that will encourage young researchers to take up a camera, too.  Murawski tells how to find caterpillars and discusses their developmental stages, body parts, diet problems, and self-defense mechanisms.  [The book has] a closing 'Facts at a Glance" section and advice on how to go about self-directed research.  Attractive, well written, and fascinating.  Reviewer: Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

Suite101.com "Children's Books"   National Geographic Kids has put out a new book that teaches children all about the wonders of caterpillars.  Filled with incredible, eye catching illustrations, Face to Face with Caterpillars by Darlyne A. Murawski will wow children, parents, teachers, and librarians.  There are simply not enough good things to say about Face to Face with Caterpillars.  It excites children with its incredible photography, showing childrenstrange and unusual caterpillars from around the world.  It also gets kids to want to learn more about their local caterpillars and create a caterpillar garden.  Face to Face with Caterpillars belongs in every school and in every home school environment.  There is simply no better way to gain children's interest in caterpillars than by reading this book to them and creating fun activities for each chapter.  Reviewer: Elizabeth Yetter


Spiders and Their Webs,  National Geographic.  Awarded the Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12.

From the Publisher   Biologist-photographer Darlyne Murawski shares her fascination with web-spinning spiders with young readers.  They will learn that not all spiders weave webs, but those that do not only create an incredible variety of designs but also have different ways of using their webs to catch their prey.  The book is enhanced by fact boxes that list scientific names, common names, food, habitat, and body size, playful illustrations that highlight interesting behavior, and fun trivia.  Readers also get some insight into other ways spiders use their silk.  The author shares experiences from the field, such as how she makes spider webs visible to photograph them (kids can do it too).  Also included are a glossary of terms, a list of web sites, and books for further reading.

Kirkus Reviews   Murawski's big, sharp photos of the original world-wide webs introduce children in a memorably close-up way to the hunting strategies of ten spiders, along with briefer notes on spider silk's other natural uses.  Young readers won't quickly forget what they learn from the simple, frank text, either: the ogre-faced spider "bites its prey then spits up juices that 'melt' the soft parts of the insect's body.  The spider can hold its meal with its front legs and spin a new web with its hind legs-all at the same time!  The author also supplies common and scientific names, average size, and other basic facts for each example, then closes with lists of paper and online resources that are nicely tuned to the intended audience.  Fascinating fare for budding naturalists.


Bug Faces,  National Geographic.

Children's Literature   "This magnificent book brings young readers face-to-face with some of the earth's smallest creatures - insects, spiders and daddy longlegs.  Amazing close-up photographs and interesting facts introduce readers to bug faces of all shapes, colors and textures.  From moths and bumblebees to cockroaches and mospuitoes, this resource focuses on the unique facial features of insects including compound eyes, feathery antennae, proboscises and pincher jaws.  In addition to highlighting more than a dozen bugs, this reference also presents information about insects that use false faces to trick predators.  Yound bug lovers will buzz with delight as they read this wonderful book.  it will make a nice addition to any science library.  Reviewer: Debra Briatico.


Animal Faces, Sterling Press.

The School Library Journal   PreSchool-Grade 2–From crabs and cows to sloths and squirrels, the authors photos provide an up-close view of some amazing faces. Beautifully detailed images allow readers to see minute details, such as the leathery scales on a lizards face or the dirt-encrusted mouth of a sloth. Brightly colored backgrounds highlight the simple text that describes how the various animals use their eyes, ears, noses, and mouths. Dont be fooled by my toothy grin, says the alligator, which uses its tremendous jaws to hunt for a meal. Short, clever poems mark the start of each new section. Readers will enjoy seeing familiar creatures, such as dogs and goats, and be intrigued with the less-familiar faces of the katydid and hedgehog. A delightful walk on the wild side.–Cassandra A. Lopez, Northfield Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD


The World of Reptiles,  Newbridge Communications, Inc., (Ranger Rick Science Spectacular Series).


Animal Life, Macmillan Discovery Station, Newbridge Communications, Inc.


Magazine articles

National Geographic:

Hawaii’s Unearthly Worms (Photographer) Photo Journal: Thinking Small (Author and photographer)
Killer Caterpillars (Author and photographer) Deadly Silk: The Spider’s Web. (Photographer)
Fungi (Author and photographer) Diatoms: Plants with a Touch of Glass (Author and photographer)
A head louse straddles a tooth of a combA head louse straddles a tooth of a comb Body Beasts (Photographer) SEM of a pair of schistosome worms.  These worms lodge in the mesenteric veinsSEM of a pair of schistosome worms. These worms lodge in the mesenteric veins Parasites: Looking for a Free Lunch (Photographer)
Moths Come to Light (Author and photographer)

Passionvine Butterflies: A Taste for Poison (Author and photographer)

Other Magazines:

Discover, Life Force, Natural History, Smithsonian, Sierra, Geo Korea, Terre Sauvage, Experiment (Greece), Salamander (France), Science et Vie, River Magazine; Scientific World; Children's magazines: National Geographic Explorer, NG Young Explorer, NG Extreme Explorer, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids.


Scientific Publications

Reproductive biology and genetics of tropical trees from a canopy perspective.

The mating system of an autotetrapoid cactus, Pachycereus pringlei, of the Sonoran desert.

The effects of logging on inbreeding in Shorea megistophylla from Sri Lanka.

Outcrossing rates of two endemic Shorea species from Sri Lankan tropical rain forests.

Genetic structure and mating system of Stemonoporus oblongifolius (Dipterocarpaceae) in Sri Lanka.

The unusual life history of Alseis blackiana: a shade-persistent pioneer tree?

The singing reaper: diet, morphology, and vibrational signaling in Feniseca tarquinius (Cycaenidae: Miletinae).

Pollination ecology of a Costa Rican population of Psiguria warscewiczii in relation to the foraging behavior of Heliconius butterflies.

The effect of the density of flowering individuals on the mating systems of nine tropical tree species.

The influence of seed dispersal mechanisms on the genetic structure of tropical tree populations.

Floral resource variation, pollinator response and potential pollen flow in Psiguria warscewiczii.

Local genetic and clonal structure in the tropical terrestial bromeliad, Aechmea magdalenae.