How to Build a Bug Jar

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How to Build a Bug Jar

 

Looking for something fun to do? How about safely capturing bugs and observing them up close! It’s a great outdoor activity for kids and parents and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Catching bugs can be a lot of fun if you have the right tools. Use the instructions below to make a bug catcher that traps your bug right into your observation jar! Use the info on the Andy Camper Discover It section to help you identify the bugs you catch.

Let’s get right into How to Build a Bug Jar:

 

Step #1: Hammer a nail into the lid of any sized jar to make two holes – 0.5cm (1/4 inch) wide each and about 3cm (1 inch) apart.

Step #2: Turn the lid over and hammer down the sharp edges around the holes.

Step #3: Push two straws or tubes through the holes in the jar lid. Use tape to seal around them.

Step #4: Tape a piece of cheesecloth over the bottom of one tube or straw.  This is to prevent you from sucking the bug into your mouth. Eww!

Step #5: Add leaves or grass to the jar and keep the container moist by lightly misting it, or by putting a clean damp sponge inside it. Place the lid tightly on the jar.

Step #6: Start catching bugs! To catch a bug, place the tube with the cheesecloth attached at the bottom in your mouth and suck hard.  Place the open end of the other tube near a small insect.  The insect will be sucked through the tube and into the jar. Have a good look at your bug and then let it go where you found it.

REMEMBER: 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.

For a full listing (with images) on How to Build a Bug Jar, check out Andy Camper.

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