Nature Study 8-31-12 10-Line June Bug

Nature Study Journal Entry for week of August 27-31, 2012

We studied up on box turtles by reading Box Turtle at Long Pond and discussed how we rescued one that had fallen in the spring at Meramac Springs Park where the large fish are held prior to releasing in the fishing section of the river.  The poor turtle was frantically scrabbling at the slick rock walls and we leaned out over the edge to get him.  Honestly, I think that was the fastest I have ever seen a turtle move too – we put him on the ground by the big tree and he was over by the road in just a couple of minutes.  Having read in the book that turtles can’t swim I now understand his rapid retreat!

Here are the turtle entries:

We did two entries this week – Grandma sent us a big bug to identify and learn about.

So – here is her 10-Lined June Bug.  It eats the needles of coniferous trees at night, and it takes 3-4 years for the larvae to get to adult size.

As always, click on a picture for a better look!  =)

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2 thoughts on “Nature Study 8-31-12 10-Line June Bug

  1. Mary Jo Rasmussen

    It was fun to have the beetle identified. I had no idea it ate pine needles. The pictures are fantastic – everyone of them. They will always remember these things that they have studied largely because of the drawings, I’m sure.

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  2. karenspath

    I adore the little bumpy scales on the turtle picture! So very realistic. I almost thought I was looking at my pet turtle Firecracker. What a great opportunity for your girls!

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