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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Who Knew? Again....

So, how convenient that we are learning all about insects this month. First, we had Kyalynn's bee sting and resulting allergic reaction and now, tonight, we've added another chapter to "What else Kyalynn can teach us!" LOL! We went for a walk before supper at the State Park and Kyalynn has such an incredible ability to locate any animal or insect within range and quickly found 3 millipedes. (A mommy,  daddy and baby as per Kyalynn!) She held them in her hands the entire short walk and then the ride home. I told her no buggies in the house so she threw them down when she exited the truck. Fast forward, about 2 hours later, when she's getting a bath and Sean sees purple all over her palm and 3 fingertips. He thinks it's marker and scrubs at it but she starts saying "ouch" and Sean yells for me. Turns out, it's from the millipedes pooping on her. Ryan looked it up and apparently their primary defense mechanism  is to coil in a ball and emit poisonous liquid secretions. Hydrogen cyanide gas comes from their microscopic pores on the sides of their bodies causing minor effects on the skin. The main symptom is skin discoloration but it also causes, pain, itching, swelling, and blisters! {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millipede}    Oh my! 


Just another lesson perfectly timed by my precious one who just happens to LOVE all animals but especially insects. :)  


Hmmm....wonder what she'll teach us next. 


"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."




4 comments:

Tereasa said...

Yikes! She sounds just like my little sister. What fun for you mama!

Beth E. said...

Oh.My.Word! I hope she's feeling better, now. Who knew millipedes would do that?!

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