The thing Johnny is backing away from in that picture is the exoskeleton of a cicada (I think!). The exoskeleton is from when it was a nymph, and we found it next to this newly-emerged cicada:
He looks prettier in that picture than he did in real life… You can see the molting process on Wikipedia, if you’re curious (look to the right of the “Life Cycle section).
Lily thought the Cicada exoskeleton was pretty neat:
Johnny never got over the look of the bug, but Emma enjoyed looking at it through our magnifying glass, and even picked it up at the end.
I left all parental participation to Mike.