But the phase never seemed to end. We talked about bugs day and night. Night and day. We watched many national geographic movies on bugs which then had to be banned because bugs are very violent and gross creatures.
We went to an extreme bug exhibit.
We bought lots of bug books.
We felt bad for a stupid bug that we found caught in a spider's web outside one day and set her free and named her Julie only to have Julie jump on my ankle and bite me. Julie was apparently a thrip and thrips are biters. I was not a fan of Julie. And I will never feel bad for any stupid bug again.
AW poured over any books that had bugs in them and then started taking non-fiction books out from the library. He would spend hours looking at them over and over and memorizing all the types of bugs. I have read so many bug books in the last few months that now I know entirely way too much information about them. In fact, I know that not all bugs are actually bugs. Most are in fact, insects. And did you know spiders and scorpions are not bugs or insects? Right, they are arachnids.
But that's not really where the problem lies...we know much more than how many legs and eyes and body parts different insects and bugs and arachnids have...we know more than the common cute ladybug, butterfly, caterpillar, and bee varieties of insects. We know that dung beetles eat poop, that spiders inject venom into their prey to liquify them and then drink them, that wolf spiders carry their little wolf spider babies on their backs, that praying mantises eat their boyfriends, that bedbugs, lice and ticks drink our blood, that flies spit on food to liquify and drink it and also put their poop-covered feet on it, that giant camel spiders, giant hornets, giant cockroaches all exist...and so many other really, really, really gross, diabolical, and horrifying things.
Here is AW in the "bug" section checking things out.
Don't try to steer him towards the horse or unicorn section, mom. Not happening.
Here's an overly informative and blood-curdling children's book on spiders...let's bring that one home to read before bedtime...