Sunday, January 22, 2012


We found some holes in our tree. Upon further examination, pictures and exchanging e-mails we determined that it could be Asian Longhorn Beetles ALB for short.  We were very concerned, the State Forest Entomologist came to take a look at our tree. She could not rule it out, so she wanted the US Forest Service to take a look at it.

A month or so past by and then I received an e-mail. The US Forest Entomologist scheduled a day and time to meet.  It was a very informative meeting, we learned about some pests and some new science words like the insect galleries.  The paths chewed by larva in the tree. Our tree had it right under the bark.   Good news was it is not ALB. Bad news.... some thing is living in there. Carpenter Worms a moth was his suggestion. We will have to wait until spring to see any more changes to the tree.

The US Entomologist was very friendly and smart. We spoke about homeschooling, science and nature. I love talking about those subjects. A few days later I received a package in the mail.

Of course the kids liked the tattoos. I know we will be learning from this information all summer.  Thank you to our US Entomologist! It was a very nice thing to do.

I would like to hear about what others find in nature. Exploring, learning,  anything that is nature related.  What kind of bug, flower, animal, bird have you seen. What are you studying for weather etc.

Please join my link up so we all can learn more from nature.


  1. hello, added you from the Sunday blog Hop


    Daddy Waddy Weeviews

  2. Yeah, we totally had a great time with the experiment. I think I was more excited than the kids. I was telling my hubby about it and made him guess which house was going to hold up the best. LOL Anyway, do you mind if I link that post of to your nature linky since it's about rain?
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  3. Thanks for following now following back:) Welcome to the NOBH. I added my post on a nature school we attend run by a home schooling group Looking forward to reading more of your blog:) I also have a home school Field trip hop that runs monthly if you would like to check it out

    1. I love the post thank you. I will check out the field trip hop.

  4. What a fabulous learning experience simply by being observant! I would never have even noticed the hole in the tree! And not only did you spot it, you were able to use it to craft an informative and enriching lesson for your family. Just what home-schooling should be about! Thank you for sharing! And for linking up!

  5. We'll join up in the future! Our studies have been at the farm lately and not in the woods! LOL Every Sunday?

  6. That is awesome! What a wonderful learning opportunity. And how kind he was to send that package.