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    Identifying local insects

    Hi Everyone,

    We have been loving our MP Insect set! Now, we are headed outdoors to search for insects. I do not know much about bugs, and I could use help with identifying the ones we find. Can anyone recommend a decent app for field identification? Or an easy to use book? I am having trouble finding information in the Peterson's field guide. Perhaps I don't know how to use it?

    Thanks!
    Cathy
    Cathy aka The Attached Mama
    2019-2020
    DS 12, 7th Grade
    DD 11, 6th Grade
    DS 5, K

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    Re: Identifying local insects

    Cathy,
    Please remind us what region of the country you live in? I live in the southeast and we LOVE our Kaufman's: https://www.amazon.com/Kaufman-Field.../dp/0618153101 Learning the different groupings in the MP Insects program helped us learn to look them up more effectively--moth or butterfly? beetle or fly or wasp? If that makes sense. Good luck! I also started a tag of #memoriapressinsects on Instagram if you use that.
    Festina lentē,
    Jessica P

    2021-2022 • 12th year HSing • 10th year MP
    DS 12th • HLN, Latin online, DE math/sci - Headed to Hillsdale College next fall
    DD 10th • HLN, Latin online
    DD 7th • HLN & Home
    DS 4th • HLN & Home
    Me • Memoria College, this summer: MPOA Fourth Form for Adults

    Teaching TFL and co-directing @
    Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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      Re: Identifying local insects

      Originally posted by pickandgrin View Post
      Cathy,
      Please remind us what region of the country you live in? I live in the southeast and we LOVE our Kaufman's: https://www.amazon.com/Kaufman-Field.../dp/0618153101 Learning the different groupings in the MP Insects program helped us learn to look them up more effectively--moth or butterfly? beetle or fly or wasp? If that makes sense. Good luck! I also started a tag of #memoriapressinsects on Instagram if you use that.
      Another vote for Kaufman's here. We don't use it 'in the field', but my boys POUR over it. We even give it as a gift to like minded friends. It's a must to have on your homeschool shelf.
      Plans for 2021-22

      Year 11 of homeschooling with MP

      DD1 - 26 - Small Business owner with 2 locations
      DD2 - 15 - 10th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA/True North Academy/Vita Beata - equestrian
      DS3 - 13 -6A Cottage School - soccer/tennis -dyslexia and dysgraphia
      DS4 - 13 - 6A Cottage School -soccer -auditory processing disorder
      DD5 - 9 - 4A, Cottage School/MPOA -equestrian
      DS6 - 7 - MPK - first time at the Cottage School this fall!

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        Re: Identifying local insects

        *waves hand* Another vote for the Kaufman Field Guides! (I was going to joke that we Kaufmans love the Kaufmans, but it didn't sound as funny in print...)

        My ds is finishing Insects and can usually get pretty close based solely on an insect's color/body shape/wing type. It's cute to listen to him whisper his recitation as he's squatting down in the grass, "needle-like abdomen, sucking mouthparts..." If you don't have your Peterson's or Kaufman's handy, try making an educated guess based on the facts learned in recitation. It's really kind of fun!
        Mary

        DD15 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek I & Latin IV + VideoText math
        DS12 - 7th core + Novare Earth Science + CLRC HS Latin I + VideoText math
        DD8 - SC level 2

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