I dreamt about bugs last night. The last thing we did before going to bed? Catching fire flies in the yard. The first thing we did when we woke up this morning? Headed out looking for crickets. We didn’t have much luck finding any big guys but I was sooo happy with the teeny tiny crickets we found so we’d have lunch for the praying mantis. Yep, the praying mantis which is one of Oscar’s new pets. His other new since school’s been out pets? Here they are…
two glowly little guppies
a wavy lined emerald caterpillar. he’s a camouflaged caterpillar hiding out as the pollen in this flower.
a monarch caterpillar
What lead us down this buggy road? It started with Victor, our new fire bellied toad who eats crickets. He was an impulse buy at the pet store to placate Oscar after our attempts at raising tadpoles went belly up. Of course now that I’ve read all about them I realize we should never have bought a frog at the pet store. They’re becoming extinct. They live for 10(!) years. They’re slightly toxic. We’re in a pickle now. No way out but through I think. He’s a cute little guy. We’re setting up a new bigger tank for him today. Hopefully he’ll be happy here.
So now there are three habitats going on in Oscar’s room. Swamp, Ocean and Prairie. Wish us luck! I’ll keep you posted. Already that monarch caterpillar is 10 times that size. I need a new photo. It’s good practice with my macro lens, all these bugs. Oh, and we found Microcosmos on instant Netflix. Score!
We also have this purple caterpillar but can’t identify him. Anyone know?