February 19, 2015

When you go on a bug hunt, you’ll discover a new and fascinating world, right beneath your feet. This world is populated with interesting creatures waiting for you to explore.

How to make the most out of your bug hunt:

  • Get up close and personal. A bug container, magnifying glass or butterfly net can come in handy.
  • Get the bugs to walk on a piece of plain white paper so they are easier to examine.
  • Take a trip to the library. Reading up on different bugs and seeing pictures will help kids recognise the bugs they find and add to the excitement.
  • Take pictures, so after your hunt you can consult a field guide to learn more about your discoveries.
  • Look for ways to extend the learning. Talk about everything from how many bugs were found to whether the bugs were “helpful” critters or “pests” and why.

Where To Look

Many bugs are green, black or brown. They are camouflaged with the natural scene so that their enemies cannot easily spot them. Check the ground and the base of trees and bushes for flowers that are in bloom and check under leaves growing on the stems of plants. Turn over a rock to find crawling creatures. Look under loose bark for caterpillars.

Live & Let Live

You don’t have to harm a bug to study it. If you wish to observe the insects you find, simply “borrow” them from the wild for a short time by placing them in clean, clear containers. Prepare the containers by adding a little dirt and leaves as well as a bottle-cap full of water. A few sticks with green leaves add a nice touch, too, to make your bug feel at home. Cover the top with a piece of net, or waxed paper, into which tiny holes have been pricked with a straight pin and don’t forget to release the bug back into the wild where they live.

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