Why do kids love bugs? I don’t know, but parents seem to fall into two camps: those that tolerate bugs for science’s sake and those that don’t. The latter are always apologetic. They know bugs are a part of nature and they know their kids love bugs. Whether you’re a bug tolerator or not, treat your kids to these creepy creatures. They will thank you for it!

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ASU: Ask a Biologist: True Bugs5 stars

"Bug – it's a word you hear almost every day. There are bed bugs, computer programs with bugs, or maybe someone is bugging you. But did you know that scientists use ‘bug' for a very specific group of insects. That's right, not all insects are bugs." Explore the gallery of bug pictures, and learn about the characteristics of a "true bug" from the biologists at Arizona State University.

B-Eye5 stars

Created by a neuroscientist working on bee vision, this unusual site shows you how honey bees perceive the world. Bees, like most other insects, have compound eyes, an array of hundreds of single eyes each with its own lens and each looking in a different direction. You can choose any of eighteen images to view through the "B-Eye."

BugGuide5 stars

The Bug Guide is a gallery of North American bug photos collected and annotated by an "online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures." Have a bug you want to identify? Start with the Clickable Guide in the upper left-hand corner. Otherwise, you can browse the taxonomy.

The Insects Home Page5 stars

Learn that an insect is an air breathing animal with a hard exoskeleton and a body divided into three parts: the head with two antennae, the thorax which carries six legs and usually four wings, and the abdomen. This site is a good introduction to entomology (the study of insects), and has interesting stuff on the largest, smallest, and the most abundant bugs.

University of Illinois Extension: Let's Talk About Insects4 stars

This animated slideshow introduces elementary-ages to entomology. "Let's meet C.P. Ant and talk insects! C.P. is a carpenter ant and is properly known as Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Insects make up more than half of all living things in the world. Today there are more than a million known species of insects – that's 1,000,000 – and there are many more waiting to be discovered." This program is available in both English and Spanish (click on Index to see the language options.)

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

DLTK: Insect and Bug Activities

Funology: Facts About Insects and Bugs

General Facts About Insects and Bugs

National Geographic: Bugs

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Feldman, Barbara. "Bugs." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 20 May. 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/bugs/ >.

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