Raising Rhinoceros Beetles

In Japan, Rhinoceros Beetles are a very common pet for little boys.  Last summer, a friend gave Ethan a pair of adult rhinoceros beetles as a birthday present.  The bugs mated, resulting in around 25 eggs, all of which hatched into grub worms.  Since we didn’t want to take care of 25 rhino beetles, we kept six and gave the rest away. 

A few days ago, our beetles hatched out of their worm-like bodies and turned into their “pupa”  form.  They will stay that way for almost three weeks and then turn into adults.  Fortunately for us, one of our dear bugs decided to undergo this amazing transformation right at the side of its clear plastic tank, so we get a window into the whole process.  It’s pretty amazing!

This is something I never would have been interested in if I didn’t have two bug-loving sons!

Austin and Ethan love checking on their pet rhinoceros beetle to see how he's getting along

Austin and Ethan love checking on their pet rhinoceros beetle to see how he's getting along

Here's a closeup of our little buddy.   Isn't he cute??

Here's a closeup of our little buddy. Isn't he cute??

Family Band

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Rocking Out with home made instruments. Of course, in Japan you have to use chopsticks as your drumsticks!

One thing that’s been fun lately is to see the kids being excited about music.  At Christmas they got very excited about the songs “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” and they are still listening to them and “rocking out to them” on a regular basis even though it is way past the Christmas season.  A couple of days ago the kids called me down to the living room to show me the musical instruments they had dug out of my cabinets and then proceeded to enthusiastically do an air band performance for me.  I love the expression on Katie’s face in this photo!!

Spotlight on Ethan

I’ve been really encouraged to see Ethan growing and developing as a wonderful little person.  Somehow, now that he’s almost six, he seems to be maturing before my eyes.  I admire his spunk (see photo below of him literally climbing the walls in our hallway), I appreciate his sense of humor, and I really like how affectionate he is with everyone in the family.

Ethan frequently climbs the walls like this.  This was the highest he's ever gotten.

Ethan frequently climbs the walls like this. This was the highest he's ever gotten.

Ethan is working hard at learning to read.  He recently sat down with Katie at breakfast to try to help her learn to read too.

Ethan is working hard at learning to read. He recently sat down with Katie at breakfast to try to help her learn to read too.

 

Since Ausitn moved up to a bigger bicycle, Austin's old bike (dubbed "Top Speed") became Ethan's.  Here he is posing proudly after graduating from training wheels.

Since Ausitn moved up to a bigger bicycle, Austin's old bike (dubbed "Top Speed") became Ethan's. Here he is posing proudly after graduating from training wheels.