Warning: This post contains some graphic images depicting violence in the animal world. And some pretty silly conversations. Read at your own risk.
We have an annual membership to the San Diego Natural History Museum and visit its exhibits about once a month. A couple of months ago, the museum launched a new exhibit called Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders, where you can see some unusual insects and arthropods in an old-fashioned circus sideshow format. My kids found the setup a little scary the first time, but they enjoyed it the second and third time around.
We were talking about this exhibit this past weekend and our conversation ended up with this question:
Me: “By the way, do you know what an entomologist does?”
Son #1: “Study ants?”
Oh, so close! But I guess someone who studies ants should be called an “antomologist” after all. Don’t you agree?
By the way, let me share what Son #1 spotted yesterday with his eagle eyes while we were strolling through the San Diego Botanic Garden. This is a tiny larva being attacked by an ant (the black spot on the right on the picture). The ant was crawling on the larva and in response the larva was squirming. I’m not sure it was in pain or it didn’t like being tickled. It’s a tough world out there…
But let me go back to the Natural History Museum before I digress. The museum launched a brand new exhibit called Dino Jaws last week and we’re thinking about going to see it next weekend. Son #2 loves dinosaurs and is close to becoming a dinosaur expert (he knows more about them that I do, for sure). I guess the new exhibit inspired him to come up with a few new jokes. Usually his jokes aren’t very elaborate but I think these are actually pretty good for a five-year old. You tell me.
Son #2: “What do you call a dinosaur made out of eggs?”
Me: “Er… er… I have no clue.”
Son #2: “An eggosaurus!”
How many horns?
Son #2: ” What do you call a triceratops with five horns?”
Me: “Oh, I actually know this one. A pentaceratops!”
Son #2: “No, mama. It’s called a five-o-saurus!”
I can’t believe I didn’t get this one right…