Really! We did eat bugs. But more than that we had a great time at the Insectarium celebrating Lil Sis” completion of Apologia”s Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. YEA!!!! We love Apologia Science and will, definitely, continue using it in years to come.
Anyway…the Insectarium. Great family fun!
Lil Sis completed an insect flash card book to take with her on the field trip
I LOVE that our trip reinforced that scientist really do use the taxonomy classifications.
Madagascar Hissing Beetle. Looks yucky. Feels like leather. The hissing noises come from the beetles forcing air out of the “blow holes” on their sides.
All over the aquarium are large insects on the walls and ceilings. Some were kind of creepy looking 🙂
Before we head into the area that simulated the environment where insects lived, we read this sign. Not sure how happy that I am to know that bugs are used to make food coloring!?!?!?!
Throughout the underground simulation area, there were little holes for your to put our hands in and guess what was decomposing. I think that would be filed under “Grossology” 🙂
Underneath the leaves and grass….
Ever seen a pink katydid?
Throughout the Insectarium, there are signs made from Spanish tiles. You will also find signs like this throughout New Orleans – particularly around the French Quarter. Interesting that the Insectarium displayed great science information this way. Once again….I love that Lil Sis got to read information at the Insectarium that (almost word for word) was in her Apologia book!
Then the part we were all looking forward to (NOT!) The bug cooking demonstration….
The Man tried EVERYTHING! Lil Sis tried the cookies and the Crispy Cajun Crickets. She didn”t like the spice on the crickets but said that the cookies were okay. I tried the cookies – they really just tasted like chocolate chip cookies. Big Sis and Middle Sis – nothing. They wanted nothing to do with it 🙂
And what did we get for eating bugs. Our hands stamped….
These creatures are actually native to southern Louisiana. I don”t remember what they are called. But I know if I saw one in my home, I would call it a big, dead bug 🙂
The butterfly exhibit was closed. BOOO!!! But we did get to see three of stages of a monarch butterflies metamorphosis.
We had a great family day. Such a fun (and educational…ssshhhhh, don”t tell Lil Sis) field trip.
Joined with other homeschool families around the world learning everywhere we go…..