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“Are there bugs that get on other bugs?”

The Eight-Year-Old, watching Canelo stalk a spider in our sunroom: “Mommyo, are there bugs that get on other bugs?” Yes. There are also frogs who get on bugs. Click through for pictures.

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“What are saddle bugs?”

I have been fielding so many questions about butterflies, moths, and ticks, that when The Eight-Year-Old asked me what a saddle bug was, I leapt to the obvious and told her I thought it was a type of flea. Spoiler alert: It’s not. As far as I can tell, my daughter was actually thinking about a type of caterpillar.

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Science News Roundup: Bon Voyage, Happy Feet, and Hello, Cyberbugs

Happy Feet is finally on his way home and DARPA’s latest initiative is straight out of a horror movie.

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Wordless Wednesday: Obligatory summer caterpillar post

It’s not summer if I don’t have at least one bug post. Google tells me this caterpillar will probably grow up to be a Western Tussock Moth.

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“Why does bug spray smell so icky?”

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time convincing anyone in my family to wear bug spray. It just smells so bad. Sadly, that stink is why bug spray works.

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Where’s my Caterpickles?

The Ten-Year-Old was lecturing me the other day about how I haven’t answered her question about which modern instrument evolved from the sackbut yet. She wanted to know what I’d been doing instead, and when I told her I’d been writing a book, said, “Mommyo, you should let everyone else know that, too.”

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Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old tours Jurassic World at the Field Museum

Scenes from The Ten-Year-Old’s recent trip to Jurassic World at the Field Museum, Chicago.

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Throwback Thursday: “Did kittens get their name in Britain?”

Sometime last year, The Five-Year-Old discovered the highly informative children’s book series “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That.” The books relay all kinds of fun facts about the natural world in a Seussian rhyme scheme. The lively presentation has convinced The Five-Year-Old that words that rhyme have some special connection, if only she can find it. Recently, my daughter realized that kitten rhymes with Britain. So naturally she wanted to know, “Mommyo, did kittens get their name in Britain?”

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The short but exceptionally adventurous life of Nicholas Nickleby, Cricket

This week, The Nine-Year-Old’s plans to raise an orchestra of crickets hit a snag when she discovers that crickets and cats do not make good housemates. For the last project of the year, The Nine-Year-Old’s science teacher has decreed that The Nine-Year-Old and all of her classmates are to adopt and take care of…

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“How does a salamander catch a dragonfly?”

When my four-year-old daughter learned that land-based salamanders eat dragonflies (among other things), her mind had a question: “Mommyo, how do salamanders catch dragonflies?”

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