One of the big projects I have the Biology students do for months is insect collecting. All students are required to obtain, classify, and pin to a board 30 insects.
This project is announced early in the year, so the kids can start looking. Here in Florida it is usually easy to find insects, so I do not accept the excuse that they couldn’t find any. Really? In Florida!
To help with the hunt, I took the students on an optional Field Trip to a local park. This park is known for its bugs, except for this day.
Here is the group heading down the path. As you can see, this looks like it would be a great place for a hunt.
We looked high and low and found only iddy biddy bugs. These bugs were so small we had to put them in bags to pin them to the board.
Here I am trying to coax a few critters to give up their life for the insect board. It didn’t work. Yeah, they knew we were coming…
On a brighter note, I am sporting my new day pack, Osprey Sirrus 24 in Summit Blue. It is bright for my outdoor adventures, but it was the only pack that would fit me. Ignore the ugly pink shirt.
We get to a bridge and I want a group picture. While posing a bug flies into our vicinity. One student takes advantage of the situation.
The bug tries to escape by flying from a student’s face to my face. The student in the hat, does not give up and doesn’t care he is about to smack his teacher in the face to get the insect. Since I love students who don’t give up, I can handle the smack. 😀
Finally! Bug in jar and photo taken. Hooray!
Even though this was a moderately unsuccessful bug hunt, the trip as really nice. The weather was great, the kids had fun, the flowers are pretty, and I got to wear my new pack. Thumbs up all around. 😀