"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."
Lucilia coeruleiviridis, otherwise known as a Green Bottle fly. Looks like this one was locked in during our trip because all of the insides had turned to dust, leaving only it's exoskeleton and wings. It's just one in a long line of bugs that we've been looking up recently. I guess it first started during Funny Girl's swimming class. There were lots of different kinds of insects hanging around the water. We'd come up in the morning, and she's inspect for anything new. Often it was another reason she didn't want to join the class in the water. I was perfectly content to let her study them, but the teacher wasn't a big fan.
So I've been trying to photograph all of our finds. We watch them, talk about them, and look them up online. It only seemed fitting to blog about them next. Here are several we've come up just this past week.
This beauty stopped for a rest on our kitchen screen. It looks like a Romalea guttata to us. They didn't stay long, but we were able to get a really good look at it's belly starting a whole new fascination with what bugs look like underneath. Dimples and I stepped out onto the porch to snap a few regular shots before it crawled up to the top of window, and then jumped away.
When we picked up this beetle, we were careful to give it enough air to make it through the photo shoot. It was an active little thing - never stopped moving. We let it out to walk along the window sill for a while. It was really adorable, I must admit, and kept falling off. We finally put it back outside. Funny Girl says "he's really just so cute."
I found this beautiful Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in our backyard. He was already dead, but in perfect condition. Well, except for the ants who ate a hole in his abdomen and were cleaning him out. The kids were very excited to touch and look at him as much as they wanted. He was eventually placed on the mantel. I relocated him to the trash can today when he began to break into pieces. If we keep this up, we are going to need to look into some preservation techniques.
We've got a couple more to identify, so look for another fun-filled bug post soon! But if you can't wait, check out these websites we found in our searches.
Kidinfo.com - A huge list of websites about insects. Most of the links below came from this list.
Cool Bug Stuff
Insects at Animal Corner
Insect Body Parts