Enjoy this article about tortoise beetles whose special skills include "a tower of poo" on their backs and the ability to "smack their foes with the so-called 'fecal-shield'" when they are in danger, then read more about the interesting and sometimes icky world of insects.
Amazing Insects: Images of Fascinating Creatures by Michael Chinery
Bugs Up Close Text by Lars-Ake Janzon, Photographs by John Hallmen
How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back by Gilbert Waldbauer
Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects by Scott R. Shaw