Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Insects of Montrose Beach!

It was a perfect day for looking around for insects. First trip out for the Insect World class, Fall 09 and we were on the hunt.

M. made a close inspection of the trees and the bark.....

and hit it big with a beetle by baiting it out of a nook with a twig, which the beetle grabbed and she then fished out of the crevice!

J. was the all around champion in catching dragonflies, this one being the first of the day.

Monarch butterflies were also around, it being early fall, after all.

And although we heard plenty of cicadas singing, and even saw a few in higher branches, the closest we actually got to one were the molting shells still left on the tree trunks from late spring...

Some quite unexpected things were found hanging around as well, like this cute bat(!) hanging upside down from the sturdy leaves of a tall, weedy plant. J.S. thought it was a big bug at first - thankfully she didn't get it caught up in her net. An utterly amazing thing to come across.

Grasshoppers were hopping, as would be predicted. I let this one go after letting it smile for the camera.

Caterpillars were woolly and wily and walking around the weeds (milkweeds mainly)

All in all, a very successful first day out....!


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