Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

On a recent trip to the Field Museum, The Seven-Year-Old and I wandered into a tiny room downstairs that looks deceptively like a pleasant little reading nook. There’s a desk, a wall of butterflies, a collection of bugs trapped in amber, and this:

Some of the beetles in the Field Museum's collection. Small child provided for scale. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Some of the beetles in the Field Museum’s collection. Small child provided for scale. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Rat-sized beetles. The Seven-Year-Old was absolutely fascinated by them. I had to retreat to a far corner of the room to wait while she studied every feature.

I’ll be glad when the bug phase is done. Judging by the amount of unconscious scratching The Seven-Year-Old did while examining the Field Museum’s unconscionably enormous collection of stag beetles, she’s conflicted too.

“Goliath beetles, Mommyo, and they’re perfectly harmless. They drink nectar. Like bees,” The Seven-Year-Old said.

Yeah, harmless. If you ignore the thousands of people who have died of heart attacks after finding one of those dudes in their garden.

When the small child ran screaming from the room, I told The Seven-Year-Old it was time for us to go too.

Oh, look, there’s Sue.

Are you going to need that costume later? My mom would like to borrow it for Halloween. (Photo: Shala Howell)

“Are you going to need that costume later? My Mommyo wants to borrow it for Halloween.” (Photo: Shala Howell)

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

  1. Pingback: Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old tours Jurassic World at the Field Museum | CATERPICKLES

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