may have seen one of these before, but have you ever got
to know a rolypoly? Have you dreamed of becoming a rolypolyologist.
(or snailologist, cricketologist, or wormologist?)
Kids all over the world study bugs. They certainly do in
my town, so one day I brought rolypolies to my sons
school. As the kids played with the rolypolies, questions
started flying out like popcorn. The questions led to searches,
experiments, and more questions. One of the questions was;
Are there any books about rolypolies? I searched far and
wide, but couldnt find one. Can you believe that no
one had ever written a book about rolypolies?
One day as I was on my mid-day stroll up the mountainside
I started singing a very strange song. It had only one word
-rolypolyology. Soon the idea for a book with that title
unfolded in my mind. I knew I wanted to write a guide to
exploring rolypolies. In it are real rolypoly questions
from real kids. Better yet there are also accounts of some
of the wild experiments devised by kids to explore their
you ever wanted to explore the lives of rolypolies or other
bugs? Well go ahead and do it. Just remember to be gentle
with your little bug friends. Write down what happened and
Ill display as many reports of bug discoveries as
I can on a bulletin somewhere in this web page.
Mail me your bug reports!
What do crickets eat?
Elizabeth and Melissa served a caged cricket lettuce, orange, and part of a grilled cheese sandwich.
After watching the cricket closely for several minutes, Elizabeth noted that the cricket seemed to nibbble on the lettuce and the orange but left the sandwich alone. Why do you think the crickets stayed away from the grilled cheese sandwich? What else do you think crickets might snack on?