“What does bug poop look like and smell like?”

I'll bet this guy has pretty fancy poop. (Photo: I f...ing love science via Facebook)

I’ll bet this guy has pretty fancy poop. A Eucharitid wasp. This tropical predator eats ants, not people.  (Photo: I f…ing love science via Facebook)

After reading Taro Gomi’s book Everybody Poops, The then Three-Year-Old naturally wanted to know what bug poop looked like. I put her off as long as I could. The topic has been coming up again lately for reasons I don’t want to examine too closely, so I decided it was time to give her an answer.

I’m going to go with microscopic bits of dirt or mud. There’s a lot more to it, but I can’t bear to write about it this early in the morning. If you want to, you can find a very detailed answer here.

Whew. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

I’ve got about 1523 deadlines this week, so the Caterpickling will be light. See you on the other side of this mountain of work.

More seasonally appropriate (& far less disgusting) Caterpickles, in case you need a fix:

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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