Bug hunting is one of Riley's most favourite things to do, he's such a typical boy!
It's so easy to do, it's as simple as going outside and looking for bugs!
Here are our top tips to help make sure you find some interesting little bugs to keep your little bug hunters entertained for hours at a time, again and again!
A basic kit list that you need would consist of:
- A clear container ideally a plastic tub or jar with air holes so your little discoveries can be fully examined before being released back into the wild.
- A spoon for picking up your creepy crawlies.
- Camera or notebook and pencil for noting down your findings, you can then research more once you get home and see what kinds of bugs you have discovered.
- Magnifying glass
We thoroughly recommend this kit from The National Trust website
Before you start it's good to remember....
Be careful to avoid any nasty stings from either bugs or surroundings such as nettles.
Be gentle not to squash any bugs.
Search carefully and quietly, handling the bugs as little as possible to cause the least amount of disturbance as possible.
Any stones or logs should be replaced back to where they were afterwards.
Where to look......
- Window frames and sills
- In walls of buildings
- climbing plants
- cracks in paving slabs and rocks
- In and under plant pots
- flower heads
- In grass
- Under stones, pebbles and logs
Recording your findings:
- What colour is it?
- How many legs does it have?
- How big is it?
- Does it have wings?
- Where did you find it?
- How does it move?
- Is it eating anything?
We hope you have lots of fun and find loads of interesting bugs!