Build a Bug Jar
Catching bugs can be a lot of fun if you have the right tools. Andy’s homemade butterfly net can also double as a great bug net too. Or use the instructions on the right of this page to make a bug catcher that traps your bug right into your observation jar! Use the info in the Discover It section to help you identify bugs you catch.
You don’t have to catch a bug to observe it. Why not start a Photo Collection? Just take a photograph of any interesting bug you see and keep them in a book. Label the pics with the date and where you found it and if you can tell what type of bug it is, write the name down too.
Bug catching Tips:
Check with Mom or Dad before bug hunting - some insects sting!
Keep your bug alive. If you catch a bug and want to look at it for a while before setting it free, put it in a clear container with enough room for it to fly around.
Respect your bugs! You don’t have to kill a bug to learn about it. Capture it and watch it alive inside a clear container. Only keep a bug for a few hours and return it to where you found it.