I love learning along with my daughter. Her interest in bugs this summer has been very educational for us both. Her dead bug collection is growing, she is able to identify a few different types of bugs and is getting good at finding and catching them, too.
It's time to move on to something a little more detailed - anatomy. Knowing the correct terms for insect parts will enable us to communicate more effectively when discussing the insects. It will also let us undertsand the classification system a little better, which I plan to cover (in general terms) by time summer is through.
Basic insect anatomy is very easy to understand since their basic parts are similar to ours (head, abdomen, legs, eyes, etc). This image from nicksspiders shows basic insect anatomy.
Each class of animal can have more specific anatomy relating to their insect type. For example, this beetle anatomy image from Lander University shows more detail in the head region and has added terms like the protnum (part of the thorax) and elytra (the wing case that covers wings when not in use).
I gave Abby these images for her bug journal. We can use them as reference until she can remember the main structures. From here we will be able to introduce the idea of the structure-function relationship (which I will cover here in the future).