Isn’t this bug looking beautiful? It is the Red Blister Beetle. But can you catch one of them in your hand and let it creep over your fingers? Eeks I can’t, I did rather watch it from far and admire it from a distance. So when I saw my friend Manjula catching hold of one, letting it fly, chasing it and catching it again all in fun I was awestruck. I tried to capture it in my lens, she was steady but I wasn’t.
Children learn a lot by observing us parents. I am very conscious of this fact. So I try to be a model of calmness, can’t afford to get squeamish of such tiny insects in front of them you see. Every child will have some fear, it is very natural too. And if we know it is something to do with insects we have to handle that feeling with care.
Reassure the child without belittling or teasing him or her. Deal with it in a manner that does not let the fear dominate the child’s life. Fear of insects is called Entomophobia. To find out more about fears, see Fears in Preschool children.
Blister beetles are commonly found in Asia. These measure about 2.5cm and have alternate red and black bands. Eggs are laid in the soil, the larvae feed on other soil insects proving beneficial to fields, while the adult feed on crops causing considerable damage. Since they are large, robust and mobile the chemical pest control fails. Thus manual picking and destruction is the only solution. Well one can't have entomophobia to do that.
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