Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Learning - Art and Insects

Holly is "done with school" for the summer but the learning never ends. Last week we found an interesting bug on the vinyl siding just outside our apartment. It stayed there for several days. I tried to get Hannah, our talented photographer to take a picture of it for me but she refused. Her answer was, "Mom, that's like asking you to go take a picture of an interesting snake." While I don't understand her fear of a bug that just sits there on the wall, I do understand fear. So I took the picture myself.

This morning, Holly worked on drawing the bug. This week's assignment at Sketch Tuesday just happens to be to sketch an insect. Here is Holly's sketch:

Next, we are going to try and identify it. Do you know what it is?

Update! A former student of mine (who is now a homeschool mom of 4) has identified this bug for us. It is an
Ailanthus-Webworm-Moth She found it at Insect I never would have thought this bug was a moth. It looked more like a beetle. I guess I was looking in the wrong places. Thank you, Arin!

Sketch Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by Barb at Harmony Art Mom.


  1. Hi Karen, thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment.
    Your bug is sorta pretty as far as bugs go but I have no idea what it could be. The drawing is wonderful and reminds me that we need to get back into nature journaling and walks soon :-).
    Blessings to you and yours, Julie

  2. What a beautiful bug! I thought I would try to find it on the web, but wasn't able to. I don't know why, when there are only millions of bug species, lol. Anyway, here is a site you can send your photo to, and they can probably tell you what it is:

    is a great site for identifiacation as well.
    Love Holly's drawing.