Because we ended our homeschooling year by studying about insects in our science book, we have been especially aware of the ones that we find around our yard. The boys have always enjoyed making a “home” for their insects in a jar or box, but lately we have been having fun researching what kind of bug we found and what they actually eat. For example, the boys found a ground beetle a few weeks ago and were feeding it grass until we read online that they actually eat other bugs and even worms!
Here’s what we found in the yard today:
So, we googled “metallic horned beetle” and found out that this little bug is none other than a dung beetle! How pleasant! I guess all the doggie deposits attracted him to our back yard.
And yes, that’s my kitchen table that the little beetle is sitting on…
The beetle is in a jar now, waiting for Dad to arrive home from work so that he can see it. Then we are releasing him back into the yard, because we are NOT feeding him his food of choice in the house!
Do your children like to catch bugs? Have you ever had a bug jar prominently displayed as a table centerpiece in your home?