I had no idea when I took introductory biology last year that I would eventually become an amateur bug collector. It just simply started when I found a dead grasshopper and with my basic knowledge was able to turn it into a science lesson for my kids. I haven’t touched the collection since last summer. Alas, spring is upon us again and it’s time for the family to start hitting the trails again. I love educating my children about nature and science and brewing their curiosity about the world. I was impressed to see them excited when we dragged the out the bug collection. They started asking questions about the bugs… when and where each one was found. I think this has turned into a great little family activity and it brews conversation among my children.
A few days ago I decided to take them on an impromptu bug hunt. I picked them up from school, and we headed out to the wildlife refuge, bug nets in hand. They caught three damselflies. Only one ended up being a viable specimen for our collection. However, they have been talking about it all week and have been giddy to participate with pinning and labeling. I just can’t tell you how COOL I think it is to see my babes getting so interested. Keep it up, kids!