Looking at and Listening to Bugs.
My Daughter doesn’t like it when the bugs make it into our house. Particularly into her room. But we both find it fun to view them up close outside. And who doesn’t like the sound of crickets on a cool summer evening?
I like that Simon and Schuster has picture books about bugs that include a magnifying glass. One of my daughter’s favorite things to do was to capture a critter and put it in her magnifying box to check out it’s many legs. I think I was just as enthralled.
This is the year the cicadas are making themselves heard again. I haven’t heard any around our neighborhood yet, but I’m sure they are working their way across the country and will be around soon to hum me to sleep.
Noise or Song?
Many consider the cicada’s sound a noise and nuisance. I find their sound about as intriguing as the tune of the cricket or croaks of the peepers in the nearby swamp.
A lot of bugs and insects add no, or fairly inaudible sounds to the summer’s air. If you could imagine what the song of some bugs might be, what do you think they would sound like? And who’s song would be the most magical?
Once when I was sculpting with clay I imagined and created a singing butterfly. Because it has such delicate wings I imagine it’s song would be magical enough to entrance a fairy.
Take a look at some bugs up close and imagine what their voice would be like.