Friday, May 15, 2009


Henry is really into bugs these days and so Thursday we got a few books from the library on bugs/grasshoppers/spiders/rollie pollies. He is LOVING them. But let me tell you something. In some ways, it's really fascinating to learn about all of these different kinds of bugs. On the other hand, I'm learning way more than I need to know about them! Particularly spiders. This is the book we have on spiders:

It's actually a great book if your child wants to learn about spiders, but I'm learning that spiders are much more than I thought they were and it's just so gross!
First of all, the whole 8 eyes thing weirds me out. And did you know that they don't actually "eat" their pray? They inject a chemical into their bodies (after their venom has paralyzed them) that turns their insides into soup and then they just suck out their insides? How gross is that! And there is a HUGE tarantula in South America called a bird eater tarantula that is about the size of a frisbee...BLAH! I would feel much better not knowing things like that! But I thought you might want to know that, too... :)
Anyways - this is a great book if your children are interested, but beware! You may learn way more than you want to!


Michelle said...

I knew I hated spiders for a reason and all those things you mentioned are great reasons. YUCK!!!! and super gross and nasty. However, super interesting and somehow fascinating all at the same time.

Dave and Tana said...

Yuck! That huge tarantula is South America would freak me out! Dave is so scared of spiders and anything creepy crawly so if our kids ever get into this I will probably have to be the one reading it too. - Tana

joeandcarole said...

Double yuck! I have always hated spiders, which is probably why 2 of my 3 children hate them also, and the 3rd one has made a "deal with them that he won't kill them if they do what they're supposed to do on his farm!" (I've stomped them out when I was there though!!!)