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Maryland Bug Slideshow

See why kids love the creepy and the crawly!

Insects play many vital roles: they are recycling, they are helping trees and they're fun to observe! Photo © Cheryl Rose

“I just try to make kids appreciate how many really cool hidden treasures we have outside.” – Deborah Landau, conservation ecologist in Maryland. Photo © Jenny Lee0Silver/Flickr

Like this colorful caterpillar on a marbleseed (Onosmodium molle). Photo © Chris Helzer/TNC

Here, a male, blue dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) stands out in detail against a blue sky. Photo © Cheryl Rose

It’s okay to catch bugs to get a closer look, just be very careful and let them go when you’re done! Photo © Kate Hougen/TNC

Many toy stores sell small nets — perfect for a budding entomologist! Photo © Paul Schultz/Flickr

A Frosted Elfin flutters by for a great photo op. Photo © pondhawk/Flickr

Lightning bugs are fascinating, aren’t they? Photo © kcdsTM/Flickr

A summertime favorite: ladybugs. Photo © whgrad/Flickr

Deborah Landau's advice for parents: “A child’s natural first reaction is curiosity. Encourage that excitement and that appreciation.” Photo © Byron Jorjorian

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