Two months ago Sir Son was given an assignment by his Science teacher. Each of her students were to collect 30 different insects, pin them, and label their order. Although Sir Son has done most of this work, we as a family joined in on the fun.
We collected mostly live specimens. A few were already dead when they were collected. We quickly learned that the traditional killing jar was not working, so we came up with a better idea. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures. Maybe one day I’ll explain what we did.
Here is the entire collection. I’m sorry for the awful quility of the picture. I am not allowed to take the board outside in the sunlight to get great pictures. Sir Son doesn’t want anything to happen to it. I understand.
And now for some upclose photos.
American Grasshopper . The fuzzy thing behind it is a Long Horn Tootpick Grasshopper.
Back view of some butterflies and a moth (below). The two at the top are male and female Black Swallowtails. The female was caught in the pasture behind our home. The male was collected as a caterpillar and kept until its transformation. We had another one that hatched and it was let go.
The bottom left one is a moth (above). Sir Son found it as a caterpillar, jumping like crazy. One of the dogs wanted to eat it. The caterpillar was taken inside and forgotten about for about two days, then we noticed it was a cacoon. We thought it died actually. Then we discovered the moth had hatched. Then we killed it.
The yellow butterfly in the above picture is a Cloudless Sulphur. It was caught in the back pasture.
A close up of the Ultronia Underwing Moth (below).
An added bonus. The students will receive extra credit for any different insects, after the 30 count, and anything else of interest. I caught this one at Guana River. Sir Son calls it a water roach. LOL
The dragon fly below was caught in a neighbor’s back porch. She had told us they usually get one dragon fly a week, caught in their screen. It was good they found one. Those things are not easy to catch.
We identified almost all of the bugs. A few of the beetles we can not name. The books and website we used for reference are:
This was an extremly fun activity. Even the girlies helped find bugs. 🙂