Buggin’ Out at Oatland Island


Did you know that insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts? We learned all about insects and what makes a bug a true bug or an insect. True bugs have sucking mouth parts for sucking up plant and animal juices…sounds yucky, doesn’t it? But it is not. Bugs aren’t scary unless they surprise you! We had a few visiting bugs in the classroom including a katydid, milkweed beetle, a dead cicada and another true bug of some kind. Ms. Michelle got to play her ukulele and we all sang “There Aint No Bugs on Me”. We had fun reading a few stories about bugs including Kurt Cyrus’ Big Rig Bugs about how great bugs are at cleaning up our messes:

big rig bugs
and Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran about a little girl who is a bug fanatic!


We had a buzzing good time making our Cicada buzzers (btw, cicadas are true bugs with their sucking mouth parts)
Check out this video I made of one in action:


About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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  1. great idea…just wondering if it would be possible to video the kids at storytime…making a craft…probably too many legal issues about filming them, but I thought perhaps it might generate interest in your blog if people could see their kids there.  Do you ever get much response to it?  When I post on it, it seems no one else has posted a response.  You do a great job.  xo MOM  oh, did Emöke get my little card?  Poe/s 15th b/day today.  I went over for a while.  bye again.xo MOM


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