Saturday, October 6, 2012
Buggy For Bugs
If your kids are anything like mine, they are love the four-footed furry animals, but they are also always bringing in new six and eight-legged friends. We've been a host family to grasshoppers, locusts, an injured honeybee, praying mantises, a potato bug, a sun scorpion and many other buggidies.
I use a couple of different sites to identify new insects and spiders that we see. The first I found was What's That Bug. We found this one when we captured a sun scorpion and had no idea what in the world it could be. We love the Bug-of-the-Month feature.
What's That Bug led me to BugGuide. Now I usually use BugGuide first, since they have a nice thumbnail feature that makes searching easier than by name only.
I'll often bring up one or the other site and let an interested child have some bonus computer time browsing around. Yep, it's science!