The Insect Girl.
It isn't a bad thing or even an insult. How many young girls do you know that adore insects? Enough love for the insect to have 'pet' Madagascar Hissing Beetles in her room?
She has an insect display board in her room also.
Kudos to the parents for letting her pursue an unusual interest.
Allie and I made a date to go looking for 'Bugs' last night towards evening. We thought the stands of Milkweeds in the meadow would be a good place to start.
I have a LOT to learn about finding insects. I thought they'd be easier to find towards evening. Not.
Anyway off we went in the late evening heat to find bugs.
Allie the fearless, led the way. I loved her spiderweb dress, just perfect for insect hunting. I know she really had her heart set on some Orb Spiders. But those insects will be in the meadow in a few weeks.
Last night we were looking for butterflies or anything I guess.
Here Allie turns this tiny insect over to show me its legs and explain that she thinks it will grow up to be some sort of 'Leaf Insect'. Leaf hopper? I don't know!
I found a link that helps ID insects called Bug Finder. It is actually very helpful.
We found this red beetle on a milkweed. I was able to look it up and discover that it is a Red Milkweed Beetle with a long difficult scientific name. It is just fine to call it the Red Milkweed Beetle.
The milkweed had many bees on the flowers, but alas no Monarch eggs that we could find.
However, we did find some insect drama:
A Daddy Longlegs eating a bee?
We watched, fascinated.
The ants were very busy on some of the milkweed and not others.
Allie thought it would be good to go into my woods and hunt around.
She found a pile of deer bones...
Here Allie poses with some of the insects she caught. We headed home towards dusk.
My favorite shot of the whole outing? Aside from all the cool things we observed...
Here is Allie explaining to me what we might find on Milkweed plants and what we should be looking for.
I can only say this. I do know I was surprised by how much fun I really had. I was intrigued by the drama in the miniature world of insects.
My guide may have been young, but her enthusiasm rubs off on you.
We are going to try and do this again soon.
Thank you Miss Allie!