Noli the Entomologist was armed with her trusty butterfly net, looking up to see the butterflies flying about. Then something kinda icky and creepy catches her eye .... and it's making a funny chirping sound. We look, and there is a katy bug! (Katy bug, aka cicada in big people talk.)
A little background -- when Noli's Uncle Adam (my son) was a little boy, he called cicadas "katy bugs" and the name stuck. It is, after all, a very scientific term, you know.
So we snuck up on the katy bug, Noli armed with her butterfly net, and me with my trusty camera.
Girl vs Bug
Dare ya to touch it!! I double dog dare ya!
We looked closely and could see how transparent their wings are, and how iridescent their bodies.
(Click on this pic for a real up-close-and-personal look!!)
We found a shell clinging to the lawn mower and talked about how they live underground for as long as 17 years, and then climb out to the surface, find a twig or leaf (or in this case, a lawn mower) to attach to, and then leave their shell as adults.
"How do they know when to come up from underground?" asks Entomologist Noli.
"I guess they have an alarm clock!" jokes smarty pants grandma.
Then we went to learn a bit more about katy bugs from the trusty internet.
("They are really called cicadas, you know" says Noli -- she never lets me get away with anything ...)
One thing we learned is that katy bugs are eaten in some countries -- do you want yours grilled or fried?
♥♥♥ Linking Entomologist Noli and her katy bugs to Alphabe-Thursday at Miss Jenny's classroom, where we are studying the letter E!!