Bugs in the classroom is a closely mirrored program of the Trout In the Classroom program. Caddisfly larva is collected for streams in January and placed in an aquarium to begin it's life cycle. These macro invertebrates are similar to trout in that they require cold clean water to thrive. The type of caddisfly we use are the cased caddis type. Some use woody debris, some use vegetation and produce a smooth slender case but the ones we want to use build their case out of small pebbles or sand. Our inspiration for this program came from seeing a lady at a fly fishing show selling cased caddis jewelry. Kathy Stout with Wildscape Inc. raises caddisfly larvae in her facility and supplies different types of material for their cases. Agates, amethyst, garnets and other semi-precious stones as well as small gold nuggets are some of her media her larvae work with. After the caddisfly emerges from the case she fill them with a bonding agent and attaches the jewelry trim . No caddisflies are harmed in the making of this product. Our first foray into the BIC program is being sponsored by the Rocky River Chapter. Check back every few weeks to check on their results and see some pictures.