We've been in a monsoon pattern here, with storms, and drenching rains, on and off for the past few days. My students and I made it through our field day Friday, without getting wet (or finishing last), but what remained of the weekend has been very soggy. Knowing Daddy's schedule, and the weather cooperating for a good inside activity, we headed over to our local library. They were hosting a program called "Interesting Invertebrates." One of the biologists from the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, brought all her gear, and "friends," and regaled us with tales of just how exactly a starfish eats a clam. Yes, if you want more details on THAT one, Brant will be sure to tell you, as it is stuck in ALL our memories. You just can't forget a story about an invertebrate turning it's stomach inside out and sticking it somewhere!!
Seriously though, it was very interesting, for all of us. I think the adults there asked more questions than the kids, and we all had our cameras out for up close and personal photo ops. The biologist had several specimens...a crayfish, a tarantula, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, along will some, errr...deceased versions, such as a scorpion and the very interesting molted skin of a tarantula.
Speaking of spiders...She also informed us that if you have the misfortune of being bitten by a Black Widow you have a 95% chance of ..............complete recovery! Whew! Another spider trivia item...if (as I wish it could be) we found some way to eradicate all spiders from the earth, in about 6 months we would have no plants....and therefore, shortly thereafter, no humans. The spiders eat the pests that eat the plants that support our life! Grrrr, guess I'll have to think twice about stepping on them!
Needless to say, Brant was enthralled by all the buggies and creepy crawlies. It was quite an entertaining afternoon!
|These nasty things blow air out between the brown plates on their backs, to hiss. And NEWS FLASH!!! I touched them! Brant would NOT...said they were creepy.|
|Checking out the props and the creatures|
|The sponge was quite a fascinating creature, as was the coral.|
|Gah! The molted skin of the tarantula. I must say, I would still pass out if I saw this in front of me.|