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mosquito

 

Camping is one of my all-time favorite vacations. It's not because of the marshmallows, or the rock skipping or tent sleeping. It's because of the sweet, delicious, juicy bugs! If you go camping in a nice wooded area you won’t believe the variety of bugs you can find right around your site! Hundreds and hundreds! I know you might feel a little differently than I do about bugs, but if you're camping bugs are one thing you can't avoid. I thought I would walk around the campsite and tell you about the different bugs that I see.

 

 

field cricket

 

 

Oh, here's one right in front of me. See how easy this is? Well, this first one here is a cricket. At night I bet you’ve heard the chirping noise that this little creature makes; it's a lullaby for campers. The cricket has very powerful legs, which it uses for jumping and rubbing together to make its song. For something that makes such a racket they sure are small bugs, but *slurp* they taste like fried rice! Mmmm, that was good.

 

 

 

Ant

 

Here’s another interesting insect that I’m sure you’re all familiar with, an ant. This tiny black creature lives in groups of up to 100,000 individuals! Ants might be annoying when they're getting in your camping food, but they are remarkable insects that use teamwork to hunt for food. They are also very strong and are able to carry 30 times their own weight. I think that ants look like licorice and *gulp* they taste like licorice, too!

 

 

House Fly
Hey—what's that flying around my head? It's a housefly. I know you are familiar with this annoying bug! It might be called a housefly but you'll find it out here in the woods as well. It has claws and pads on its feet that help it walk straight up walls or even upside down. The mosquito, another type of fly, is an especially pesky creature when camping. It sucks blood from animals, leaving an itchy bump behind, and they can spread diseases. I never eat those, but regular flies are okay. *Slurp* Mmm..meatloafy.

 

 

Beetle

 

 

And here is a ground beetle. There are at least 300,000 different beetles in the world. They come in all sizes, from those as small as a pin to some the size of your hand. They have a very hard outer shell, but I don’t mind *crunch * it tastes like candy.

 

 

 

You don’t have to eat bugs to appreciate them. Your homework assignment is to find a bug, (not very hard as I'm sure there is one somewhere nearby right now) and watch it. Don't chase it, touch it, or catch it. Just watch it. Notice they way it moves (is it quick and erratic or slow and deliberate?) and watch what it does when it rests. Then let me know the results! And if you happen to notice a particularly delicious looking bug, well, save that one for me!

 

 

Kiweenie
Kiweenie and ants
kiweenie and fly

 

redsectora's picture

Art

Ryan,
Great illustrations!!

Ryan's picture

Aw, gee whiz!

Thanks Red! I just got a nice new little set of portable watercolors and a cool white charcol pencil that I'm trying out. It's the perfect little art kit to bring camping!

Rubylr's picture

Cool

Ryan, those pictures of Kiweenie and the bugs are really nice. They remind me of the original drawings of F.W.. I wonder what these must look like when they are first drawn. And again they are really nice!

Ramses's picture

I don't know what everyone

I don't know what everyone is going on about. I mean, it's just some drawings of bugs. What's so great about that?

If you want to see some sweet drawings you guys should head over to my blog. I drew a mermaid that looks so real you'll want to reach out and touch her silky hair.

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