Friday, April 10, 2009

Insect Encounter at Callaway Gardens

We grabbed a quick bite to eat after our Cockatoo Encounter, and then it was back to the Butterfly Center for the Insect Encounter. Connor has said he wants to be an entomologist when he grows up, so this was right up his alley. Noelle was not at all scared of all the critters, and held her little hands out to hold every one after Connor. The super nice lady who ran this event was so good with kids (and with bugs), and just rattled off tons of interesting facts.

This is a hissing cockroach, which really did hiss.
I was just hoping it wouldn't crawl up Connor's sleeve.

Noelle held it briefly before dropping it on the floor.
It was quickly recovered and seemed not to mind the adventure.

This was a Giant Brazilian Cockroach, and since it had wings and could fly away, the lady kept a firm hold on it while Connor held it.
These emit a smell, kind of like chili pepper and garlic; quite tasty if you close your eyes and forget your smelling a giant flying cockroach!

This frog would be poisonous except for the fact that it is only fed crickets.
The lady told us "you are what you eat" and the reason the frog is normally poisonous in its natural habitat is because of its diet!
I've actually been thinking about this in relation to my diet...

I would say that I cannot remember what this is, but I don't think I ever knew what it was called. I don't think it's a scorpion, although its tail curls up like it. Noelle did not hold this one.

We don't have any photos of the butterflies, but you can see the Butterfly Center in the background of this picture. It was full of beautiful flowering plants and hundred of amazing butterflies.


Erica said...

What fun. Benjamin would LOVE to hold all of those creatures. Do you mind emailing me the info about where you got the praying mantis kit? The boys would so enjoy it. My email I check is


Erica said...

Oh and by the way, I think it is hilarious you have pictures of hissing cockroaches and poisonous frogs, but none of the butterflies. FUNNY!

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