Mondays and Wednesdays we do History. Tuesdays and Thursdays we do Science. Last Thursday we finished reading our Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day assignment and did a quick experiment. Since we had some time left before lunch, we decided to do some work with the bug collection. We spent some time reorganizing and labeling the bugs to get ready for our 4 H meeting on Tuesday. I am far from an insect expert, and only have been learning about them and insect collections over the last couple of weeks as the boys have been really interested in them. We finished up our work on the collection, had lunch, and headed outside. When I came in to put the baby down for her nap, I noticed that all of our insect stuff was all over the floor, the box top was all messed up, and the insects were gone. The cat had eaten all of the insects!! The boys were crushed! All of that work for the cat to eat the insects and they had nothing to take to the meeting. I was NOT happy with the cat and so sad to see the boys so disappointed.
Not too long ago, there was an Entomology 4 H club in our county. When I had started preparing for the meeting on insects, our program assistant told me that there were several insect collection display boxes that were being stored that they wanted to sell. Yesterday after Art class, we went over and got one of the boxes. I is a very nice wooden box with a lid that slides in and out in a groove (the cat should not be able to get it open.)
Today the weather was very nice so the boys were on a mission to collect as many insects as they could. They spent several hours catching, killing, identifying, labeling, and pinning their insects. They put 13 different insects in their collection today. They even kept a live cricket and put it in the habitat and also put two live butterflies in the butterfly garden. It was quite a busy day.