To that end, we've been getting kiddie books about bugs from the library, taking time on walks to examine the insect fauna and talking about what bugs do for/in nature. It hasn't helped...
Today, Boy and I were enjoying an after-school Beep on the deck whilst testing our new chairs, when all of the sudden there was a terrified look on his face. Staring silently, his maw gaping wide, I followed his gaze to my foot where there was an enormous beetle crawling on my boot. To be fair, it was hideous. I however, kept my composure as I drained the Beep from my glass and proceeded to try and remove the upwardly mobile insect from the inside of my pant leg in a calm and collected fashion.
|I wish I'd put a coin next to this thing, just for scale. The insect itself was about an inch and a half in length. But it's the antenna which are truly enormous. This photo is almost life-size.|
I managed to dislodge the bug and it went scampering away. In a most unpanicked voice I asked The Boy if he'd seen it. He pointed silently behind the chair and I quickly placed my glass over the beetle to contain it. Whilst The Boy and I quickly hatched a plan for it's demise (Boy voted that I squish it immediately, but I wanted to show Momma), we went downstairs to share our adventure with Laur.
Laur had a fantastic idea - feed the bug to the chickens! And so we did... Having already fed a couple June Bugs to the chickens, I knew what would happen. Have you ever seen a chicken riot?