4-H Entomology Members Bring Bugs to Library

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Most people go to shopping plazas to browse or buy things.

Tim Schmeider goes to these kinds of places -- sometimes on a nightly basis -- to look for bugs.

Not inside, of course. He examines the sides of these buildings under the security lights for insects.

"That's usually where we get all the moths," said Tim, 15, of North Huntingdon.

Tim shared his bugs and his passion for them last week along with fellow members at an open house hosted by the 4-H Entomology Club -- Just Buggy.

The children brought hundreds of bugs, including many eggs, and put them on display at the spacious library. The bugs included Madagascar hissing cockroaches, caterpillars, a walking stick and many pinned moths and butterflies.

The group of youngsters and their parents was invited to share knowledge of the bugs with patrons at the Norwin Public Library to help celebrate the summer reading program "Catch the Reading Bug."

"I love the fact that it's the kids showing their exhibits to the other kids. We've never done anything like that before," said Barbara Flynn, children's librarian at the Norwin Public Library.

Flynn proudly stated more than 200 children have taken part in the summer reading program at Norwin alone.

"It's been huge," she said, adding the number of children who participate increases each summer.

The collaborative reading effort promotes learning early literacy skills for young children and keeping up reading skills for school age children. The library wrapped up the program Thursday, bringing a close to many fun activities that centered around the bug theme.

Flynn embraced the bug theme, knowing it appealed to many youngsters. Flynn said she's OK with bugs, she just isn't a fan of spiders.

"I love the walking sticks and butterflies," Flynn said.

While checking out the insects, Elizabeth King, 6, of West Hempfield learned about the differences between a moth and a butterfly.

She discovered moths usually come out at night and moths have furry antennae as opposed to the straight antennae of the butterfly.

Elizabeth's mother Kathy King added she used to think the difference between the two was simply butterflies are beautiful while moths are not. She found out many moths were pleasing the eye as she examined boxes of pinned moths. …