“Are there bugs that get on other bugs?”

Oh my goodness, these bug questions are relentless. First, moths and butterflies, then centipedes and millipedes, then ants, then saddleback caterpillars, and now this.

The Eight-Year-Old, watching Canelo stalk a spider in our sunroom: “Mommyo, are there bugs that get on other bugs?”


Photo from the Predator vs. Prey collection at tchuanye.smugmug.com. (Photo: Tan Chuan-Yean)

Photo from the Predator vs. Prey collection at tchuanye.smugmug.com. (Photo:
Tan Chuan-Yean)

In researching this story, I discovered that there are also frogs who get on bugs.

(Photo: Hendy Mp/Solent News)

(Photo: Hendy Mp/Solent News)

Ironically, while digging through my Caterpickles Backlog of Future Questions this morning, I came across this gem from The (then) Four-Year-Old: “Mommyo, let’s scare everybody! Let’s put ants and bees on Caterpickles!”

Mission accomplished. Maybe next year we can finally talk about something other than bugs.

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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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