Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Critter Report

Didn't I just say I'd been pondering the thought that we haven't had any critters in the house lately?
And then Joshua found the bunny?
Well, two days after the bunny moved out, Joshua found another friend.

This guy:

It's a polyphemus moth and Joshua was so proud of him!

Unfortunately, Mr. Moth wasn't entirely healthy when he came to live with us, and he has since died. BUT, now Joshua has him displayed on his bug board with Ring and Twiggy and several other unnamed bugs we've had as house guests over the years.

Hmmmm. It seems the season has arrived. Wonder who our next critter will be!?

Karen

10 comments:

Sara K. said...

You are a brave woman, Karen! That moth is HUGE! I do not enjoy most insects, and I am striving mightily to not show fear or disgust when I see them (esp. spiders, centipedes, and June bugs). Just yesterday, my 4yo son said, "Look, Mom! A caterpillar!" and he picked it up to help it back to a tree. That made me so happy! :)

Irritable Mother said...

Sara - O, sister, you have boys and you're going to HAVE to get over the fear and disgust! *grin*
It isn't really a 'brave' thing. It's more that Joshua has a very real interest in these creatures and I want to encourage him in it.

Late this summer he'll probably catch a Praying Mantis (as he has for the past two years) and then one of our activities will be going out together to round up some grub for it. i.e. We'll catch grasshoppers. It really is fun when we do it together.

Besides, when you hold the bug and look at it closely, you cannot help but give praise to God for His attention to detail and His wonderful workmanship.

Your time is coming, my mother-of-boys friend. *wink*

Patricia/NYC said...

Love it!! Kiara is really into creatures these days as they are studying insects in school...her latest fascination is caterpillars...kind of hard to find here in the city though! ;)

And I'm right there with ya...I always look at these creatures & marvel at God's detail!!

Have a great day!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

you have way more tolerance than I do!! That moth would have been gone.... I think that's why God blessed me w/ a little girl instead of a little boy. I think he knew I couldn't handle all those critters! :o)

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - Come visit us in Michigan. We have LOTS of bugs! *grin*

UnSoccerMom - Mothering boys has certainly stretched me. But I must say, it was my daughter who convinced me to get pet rats. LOL!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Critters!! That is what I hate about summer. The spiders come and go through my house like I paid rent for them to live here. Yuck!!

Oh well, I guess it could be worse.

Hope you are doing well.

Leah

luvmy4sons said...

We see those moths a lot here in our parts! You got a nature oriented guy there!

gianna said...

Let's see. What could be next?
Let's hope it's not a snake! I hate snakes. I follow a blog and she just posted the title "A Snake Day." I can't even bring myself to look at it! Nope, not going to read that one! I hope whatever Joshua brings home is safe! (I guess that would rule out a cougar or a wolf, huh? Both of which have been seen in the cities!)

BASSakward Tales said...

Karen, I am new to your blog and I LOVE it! But when I was in high school many years ago, we had to do a bug collection. I about drove my momma crazy with all the bugs I brought into the house. She would say, "You better make sure that thing is dead!" I have a boy and a girl and yes they are so different. My son has the fishing bug, and he will come to the door, knock and when I open the door he puts this big ole fish in my face. Of course it gets a jump out of me and he laughs. I find your blog very inspirational. I am going through some stuff right now and your blog is helping me cope with it. Jump over to mine if you need some comedy relief...www.bassakward-tales.blogspot.com. In Christ, Gin

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - LOL! We only allow invited critters to live in our house.
In fact, 'The Bug Man' was just over here yesterday, spraying to eliminate the un-invited, non-rent-paying guests. *grin*

Leslie - You see lots of them? Joshua would love to live by you!
Yes, I imagine he'll end up in some sort of naturalist-type career.

Gianna - Uh, he had a couple of snakes last summer. Not too big. And he was so happy with them - what could I say? They stayed in his room, and I mostly stayed out. *wink*

Gin - So glad you stopped by. And so very glad you're finding some encouraging things here.
I had to do a bug collection in high school, too. Tenth grade biology. As I recall, I wasn't very excited about that project. But I have a feeling Joshua will do just fine if he gets the same assignment in high school.
Joshua is big into fishing, too. He has asked me to hook a worm before, and I've held down a flopping fish, but that is REALLY pushing me to my limit. *Eewwww!*
I'll be over to visit you soon!