Little-N has started a collection of dead bugs. I think its great that he's found something he loves collecting. I remember all the fun I had when I used to collect stickers as a child. He finds his bugs in all sorts of places and usually they're already dead. I've made it clear that we're not going to kill any bugs.
We're storing them in these pill boxes that I got from a local pound store, each bug has its on compartment. Little-N has categorised them, so he has all the beetles in one row, all the bees and wasps in another and so on.
Most of the bugs he decides to keep are intact. He regularly puts them each under the microscope to look at them in closely. He's used our bug book to identify each one and then researches about their habitats and life cycles.
At the moment we have 9 bugs, I'll keep you updated. I can't wait to see how many he'll have by the end of the summer.
Does anyone know any good bug encyclopedias?