Posted by: katlea611 | June 1, 2012

Life Cycle of a Mosquito

Our homeschooling I suppose, is 40% structure and 60% spontaneity.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad but it seems to work for us.

A few days ago, I happened to spy in a pail of water some wrigglers.  I thought at first, “Ugh! Mosquitoes!” but suddenly, I realized, they could be a great teaching tool for a mosquito’s life cycle.  So I got the boys’ plastic bug catcher/mini-aquarium and put the wrigglers in it.  I told Nikki to observe them grow into adult mosquitoes and in a few short days, some of the wrigglers became pupas and then mosquitoes.  The mosquitoes couldn’t fly out of the bug catcher because the slits were too little so no chance of them biting us. Once Nikki gets fed up of the cycle, we could destroy them all. *evil laugh*

Meanwhile, here are some photos:




We couldn’t quite see the eggs so we don’t have a photo of those. 😦


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