The Darker Side of Kid Scientists

Photo + text: Too Bad for the Bug

I know it’s generally preferred that scientists take a detached and dispassionate approach to their subjects so as not to skew their studies or experimental data, but I rather think that even entomologists should show a little respect for their subjects. But kids will be kids. Also, I happen to know from my own youth that if you let on that you find something creepy or gross, it’s pretty much guaranteed that some other child will eventually figure out how to use it to torture you. Kids are charming that way.

18 thoughts on “The Darker Side of Kid Scientists

    • Yep, I think they *were* the insects in question. There’s a beautiful entomological collection, live and otherwise, at the Alberta provincial museum in Edmonton that I loved visiting when I got the chances. But I’ll bet they never had any with as cool a name as Barney Fife! How delightful. Of *course* he wouldn’t hiss at someone who loved him. πŸ™‚

    • Just as it’s said that you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, I do think you can’t make a creepy-crawly insect story without squishing a few bugs. Ewww! πŸ˜‰

  1. There are some creatures I prefer remain far from my line of sight, at least until I have consumed my morning coffee. Your little friends jumped started my heart! Well, forget coffee; I have enough adrenaline going to see me through the day. Love it!

  2. Sorry, but most bugs creep me out. I don’t seek them out with an intent to destroy, but even though it would be quicker and easier to smoosh them when they unknowingly cross paths with me, I’ve been known to relocate them, rather than obliterate them. Which means that sometimes spiny legs or waving whiskers touch my hands, and I get all squirmy inside. Yeechhhhh.

  3. Cute poem, K, and I have to confess that if these are cockroaches, which they resemble, I’d prefer them to be anywhere but near me and that goes for spiders, too! πŸ™‚ Your thoughts were very compassionate though and you’re right, kids will be kids! πŸ™‚ β™₯

    • In spite of all the dire warnings about the potential for meeting Insects of Unusual Size once I moved to Texas, I’ve seen very few indeed, and certainly nothing like these roaches. I think these guys were Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and they were living a privileged life of well-tended captivity in a museum in Edmonton, so I could enjoy watching their wanderings from the other side of the glass with impunity. πŸ˜€

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