July 23, 2009

Chasing Butterflies

Who knew bug collecting could be such a fun hobby that the whole family could get involved with? Well, my niece, Rachael, for one. She sparked an interest in my boys that was furthered at the family reunion by spending time with the Dunfords, who all happen to be bug enthusiasts. With the acquiring of bug vacuums, butterfly nets, and kill jars, it appeared as though we were set. We were given a tip for a location that was perfect for catching insects (thanks Tilly), and so we took a jaunt to Provo canyon in search of swallowtail butterflies. We easily captured four or five within ten minutes of unloading from the van. This presented a problem, though, as we had no way to display our specimen. On our way home, we had to stop at the Bean Museum to purchase an insect display box and pins. We then spent the evening catching dragonflies to add to the collection. I never realized how much I would enjoy having a freezer full of bugs!

Spencer with his first swallowtail:

Brevin with his first cabbage white:
This post authored by Amber


Mandy said...

Wow you've been busy!
Bug collecting sounds like a perfect hobby for little boys . . . we'll have to give it a try!

Joy said...

Amber i hope i'm as cool a mom as you are, someday!

Pickle said...

This is fun! Emma and Ty need to come to your house...to much fun everywhere. They would love this. We have been busy trying to catch our toad that lives by my flower pots.