I live with a bug lover. My daughter loves to watch insects fly, crawl, eat, molt, swim, well you get the idea. She ardors six-legged creatures of all shapes and sizes.
Now when you are a bug lover living in the cold and icy north it can get tough. So when fate intervenes and brings you some sap thirsty little buggers, when there is still ice out on the bay, you jump at the chance to study them.
Where did these tiny specimens come from?
It would seems these flowers not only brought beauty to our table but also a few hitchhikers...aphids.
Once they were spotted it took no time at all before they were being studied.
She quickly got her microscope and as they came into view exclaimed, "Aphids are so cute!" After I took a peek myself I had to admit that they were kinda cute in a buggy sort of way. They are not cute on my flowers, and really not cute in our garden in the summer, but under that microscope with their tiny black eyes and long sweeping antennae they were a bit cute.
She begged me go out to the shed to retrieve one of her bug containers, the containers that had not seen the light of day since the frost either killed, or drove into hibernation, every last worthy specimen.
We are leaving on a long trip soon so we could not keep these little cuties long term, much to my dismay you can imagine.
For long term care of these and many other arthropods we turn to the book Bug Zoo by Nick Baker. He has great advice for building habitats and for the care and feeding of many things that creep and crawl.
Are there any insects out in your neck of the woods... either indoors or out? We would love to hear about what you have been observing.