NED BARRAUD is an illustrator with a keen passion for the natural world. For as long as he can remember, Ned has been fascinated by the form and beauty of the insect kingdom, with some of his earliest artwork depicting beetles, shining like jewels. Ned illustrated all six books in the award-winning `explore & discover' series, along with the forthcoming Animals of Aotearoa. He released his first fiction title, Moonman in 2014, and the acclaimed Watch Out for the Weka in 2017. Ned works at Weta Digital as a texture artist. When he's at home with his wife, three children and menagerie of pets, Ned enjoys exploring in the garden, discovering new bugs, creating habitats and making weta hotels.