|Figeater Beetle (Cotinis mutabilis)|
My second grader decided to take out the watercolors and add an entry into his nature journal while my first grader and I did some research on the computer. We discovered that the Figeater Beetle can be found in California and other humid monsoon areas like Texas. We have no figs in our backyard so can only guess that our awful humid hot weather brought this huge beetle to our area. This was interesting!
This is a post that really I'm laughing at myself while I write. I have four boys and all would rather be outside all day; typical active, energetic little guys looking at things. But, alas, I'm still a teacher! A planner! What could my second grader (and brothers) actually enjoy reading for science this year? I looked through the books I've been slowly collecting and I picked three that I thought would interest him. Interest being the key word here. Hmm ... bugs, plants, and animal hiding places! So good old Mr. Glenn Blough seemed to have everything I needed. For his first term I chose Discovering Insects by Glenn Blough along with our First Field Guide Insects and to just let him do what he does best: explore outside. After all, I shouldn't worry to much past this ; )
We had just read the first few pages a couple of days prior to our discovery. Needless to say my sons were thrilled to spend the afternoon with the Figeater Beetle or Junebug (as it is also called). My boys like figeater much better! Especially after they saw this short you tube video titled "The Attack of the FigEater Beetles". After we were satisfied with our findings the boys went up our little hill and let him go : D
Boys Science & Nature Study Check!