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Bee Encounter...

Julie has officially decided that she doesn't want swimming lessons at this point. So she and I were sitting in the shade this morning while Katie was in class. We were next to a bed of plants that look like hostas on steroids, with stalks of lovely pale purple bell-like flowers. As we sat and chatted a bee bumbled by, investigating the blooms. I called Julie's attention to the bee without calling it one. (I didn't want her to freak.) So we quietly watched the "fly" climb in and out of the bells, gathering nectar and pollen. She was fascinated. And I was delighted by her calm concentration. I did my best to answer her questions, but I'm no insect expert.

So perhaps it is time to look for a not too detailed picture book on bugs and gardeny things.
Any recommendations?



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Jul. 15th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
Well, to be honest, most of the kid's picture books I've seen regarding bugs are indifferent at best. They tend to have poor-quality hand-drawn pictures that don't actually look like the real thing, and mostly play up the whole "insects are scary/disgusting!" thing. You might be surprised at how well she takes to a field guide, instead of something specifically for young kids. My daughters (who are about the same ages as yours) both like looking through the "Kaufmann Field Guide to Insects of North America", for example, and it is only $12.63 from Amazon these days. It has scads of pictures.

"Caterpillars of Eastern North America" is also excellent, because kids rooting around in the yard are far more likely to be able to catch caterpillars than adult butterflies/moths, and good caterpillar books are practically nonexistent.

And if you want something specific to insects that you are likely to see around in the Midwest, there is always my web page:


So far, I've got pictures of over 230 insect species that are definitely found in Michigan.
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