Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BUGS!


I dreamed about bugs last night. Not an icky, crawling-all-over-me type of bug dream but a scientific cataloging of bugs dream. Mostly it was just the evening replaying over and over again in my sleep. Rebekah's bug collection for her science class was due today. She's been hunting bugs for the past month. All of us have helped her...I've caught 3 myself. Funny thing, catching them wasn't as bad as classifying and pinning them. We caught the bugs in nets and containers and then Rebekah stored them in plastic bags and put them in the freezer. Seeing those bugs all frozen and dead every time I went out to pull out a pound of hamburger or some ice cream...well, that was kind of gross. But when we went to pin them and classify them we were nose to nose with the darn things and even though they were dead Rebekah and I both caught a serious case of the heebie jeebies more than once as the evening went on! But you know what? There was something kind of fascinating and beautiful about those bugs. And I know, you all are saying, "What?? Are you crazy?" But really, if you can dismiss the icky bug feeling and just focus on all the details, they are kind of amazing. We had a field guide with tons of pictures and descriptions and we had to figure out which bug we had. A grasshopper is not just a grasshopper. We had 3 of them and they were all different...which you probably wouldn't realize at first until you get down nose to nose with them and notice all those teeny tiny details that make them unique. These tiny little insects that are so fragile and that we squish without hardly a second thought are so detailed and intricate with all sorts of interesting colors and patterns if you really take the time to notice. That being said, I'm not sure this project will change my mind any about stomping an earwig or grasshopper if I find it in my kitchen!

7 comments:

DD said...

You froze them? It seems like when you kids did your bug collections, we had a killing jar--cotton soaked with alcohol or something in the bottom of a glass jar. It seems easier to have a dead, pliable bug than a dead, frozen solid bug. Was it Melissa that I remember collecting bugs with in the Nielsen's yard, or Rachel?
Oh, life does repeat itself.
Mommy

MELISSA said...

Yuck!!!

The Snow's said...

So, what was the bug that you found at my house? Was it already dead when you got it? If it is the bug that we see most often outside, we call it a stick bug but I'm pretty sure that it isn't. What was it?

Sarah said...

Icky Icky Icky Icky that was so gross

oh this is Rebekah

Liz said...

I'm impressed! I don't remember ever having to do this assignment, and I guess I'm pretty glad about it. I have major issues with bugs...

Mindy said...

I hope it's just your school that does this, im not into catching bugs. that's yucky.

Rachel said...

It was me that had to do the bug collection! and like you Sarah, I didn't love catching the bugs, or killing or pinning really, but it was fascinating to look at them and figure out what family, genus, species, etc they were from. I enjoyed that project if I remember correctly. :)