Activity | Build a Bug Farm
As nature springs into action, get yourselves outside and discover what creatures are just waking up! Make a bug farm to find out what bugs live in your garden or local park and what type of habitat they like to explore.
What you'll need:
- a large container with a lid. If it’s clear you’ll be able to see the bugs through the sides; you won't need the lid if your bugs can't fly or hop away
- a sharp tool for making holes in the lid
- lots of materials for the bug habitat: some dirt or soil; a variety of plants and leaves; a handful of pebbles; some short sticks; and anything else you think they might like
- the lid of a plastic bottle or a small shallow dish
- nets and pots for catching bugs
What to do
1. Collect all the materials for your bug habitat.
2. Punch holes in the container lid to make air holes.
3. Create the bug habitat. Line the bottom of the container with all the materials you collected. Try to create different areas for your bugs to explore. Stack some materials on top of each other so the bugs have something to climb.
4. Fill the bottle top or shallow dish with water to give the bugs a vital water source.
5. Top tip! Imaginge you're a bug. How many legs do you have? Can you fly? Construct a habitat that you'd like to explore in your imagined bug body.
6. Start collecting bugs. Try these places:
- turn over stones
- look on plant and tree leaves. Don't forget to check the underside
- check under dead vegetation
- also, try keeping quiet and still. Look and listen for movement in the grass, bushes, trees and the edges of ponds and rivers
7. Carefully put your bugs in the bug farm.
8. Collect as many species of bugs and plants as you can. How are they different? How do they like to explore the bug farm? Take some photos and keep a record of what you find.
9. Remember to carefully return all the bugs to their natural habitat when you're finished.
Nature Detectives has tips for bug hunting and lists to help you identify all the bugs you find.
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