4H insect presentation

On 4 April 2013, I was in the Missouri Bootheel to help a 4H group with an insect program. The kids were super well-behaved, in fact a little too restrained for my tastes, so we explained the holometabolous life style using interpretive dance.

I am leading a mass interpretive dance to tell the story of holometabolism. In this photo we are in the larval stages.

I am leading a mass interpretive dance to tell the story of holometabolism. In this photo we are in the larval stages.

After shaking it to a natural history beat, we got down to business – enjoying some bugs. I left our awesome and gee whiz bug drawers at home. The 4H leader told me she wanted to talk about native insects. So I brought a drawer of ladybugs, a drawer of dung beetles, a drawer of Lepidoptera, and a drawer of Hemiptera from out of the storage facility where the collection was living at the time. One of the 4H kids, Lawson, is also an entomologist and he brought his collection to the meeting also. So we set up the insects at half court in the gym and had an insect

Insect encounter! I love having children rapid fire questions and observations about insects - it is so cool to have them excited about the subject.

Insect encounter! I love having children rapid fire questions and observations about insects – it is so cool to have them excited about the subject.

encounter session with the drawers of insects. Children and insects seem to go together so well – it is fun to formally introduce them.

This summer I will get to go blacklighting with the 4H group. That will be a blast!

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