Nature and Science
Bugs / Bug Finders
Activities took place in the Great Outdoors and in the well-lit area adjacent to this exhibit. They included:
you come to Bug Finders, you can hunt for dragonflies
by the imaginary pond, search for cicadas on the tree house,
and capture butterflies on the flowery rug.
They're only plastic bugs, but it's still fun to catch them with a net, put them in a jar, and then let them go again.
EnchantedLearning.com is a great place for kids
to get basic information about where insects live:
< http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/printouts.shtml >
The sections lower on the page include direct links to pages about specific kinds of bugs you can see at Bug Finders.
catch some real live bugs, stop by the table with boxes of
soil and rotting logs. You'll help us find ground
beetles, millipedes, pill bugs, slugs, earthworms, and many
other tiny creatures.
We'll catch them, watch them for a minute or two, and then put them back where they belong, in the moist soil.
Here are links to Web pages about some animals that live in rotten logs and soil:
< http://www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca/natural/insects/projects/ground.htm >
some bugs, it's better to just watch -- catching them might
hurt them, or hurt you, or they move so fast they might get
During the June sessions of Bug Finders, our plastic jars were homes to crickets, meal worms, baby dragonflies, a water scorpion, and a mother wolf spider, who carried her eggs in a round, white bag. We even had some baby mosquitoes -- scientists call them larvae (LAR-vee) -- swimming in water from a backyard pool.
In July and August, we'll probably have some other types of bugs in our jars.
Here are links to more information about the insects we displayed in late June:
< http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/dragonfly/Dragonflyprintout.shtml >
< http://www.state.ky.us/nrepc/water/dragfly.htm >
< http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/dragonflies/dragonflies.htm >
For more information about other
kinds of pond animals,
< http://www.saltthesandbox.org/campfire/PondAnimals.htm >
do you do with a dead bug? In our family, we save them
in cardboard boxes. You'll see examples at Bug
Finders this summer.
Sometimes we put dead bugs in empty jewelry boxes. Many bugs do well in boxes with cotton on the bottom and a clear plastic lid on top. Now that Ethan is 8 years old, he's started pinning his insects with special pins, and then sticking the pins into styrofoam fitted in the bottom of a shoebox.
Go here to see how we stored Ethan's dead bug
collections at various ages:
< http://saltthesandbox.org/cicada_hunt/YouCanDo.htm#CollectDeadCicadas >
Here's a link to a list of Web sites about insect
< http://saltthesandbox.org/cicada_hunt/StoringCollections.htm#CollectingInsects >
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This page was created on June 6, 2003, and it was last updated on March 28, 2003.