"Look at this! Eww, what is that?!"
We hear a lot of that when kids go poking around in a garden. Nine times out of ten, an insect is the attraction. Sometimes there are screams as a child in possession flings or flicks the find onto one unwilling to handle it.
Since we're fascinated by the insects related to our plants -- and every plant supports a complete cast -- we often join the encounter. We learn, and sometimes we inform. Now and then our information turns an "Eww" into an "Ahh," and that makes the day special.
Insects have three pairs of legs making six legs all together.
A wing of a butterfly is made out of tiny scales.
Butterflies flutter around the air. Butterflies look for a place to lay their eggs.
Different kinds of butterflies lay their eggs in different places.
Sarah appeared at our desk with her report on a rumpled bit of paper. "I wrote this quick. I can work on it more but I'll leave it here until I come back." We told her more is always welcome, and how impressed we are her base knowledge includes what most adults don't know -- that each butterfly species lays eggs only on certain plants.
I know that lots of young insects called larvae are legless even though they're going to have six legs when they're grown up.
Wooly bear caterpillars are cool. They're up to 2" long with orange, white and black bands and thickly covered with hairs sticking straight up.