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Going on a Bug Hunt

We're going to catch some amazing ones!

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What you need

  • Bug pots or clean containers
  • An old white sheet
  • Insect or spider ID chart, book or app
  • A magnifying glass

Important!

  • NEVER touch an animal unless an expert tells you it's safe to handle
  • Use containers for all your collecting
  • This is important
  • Don't do this

Let's go hunting

Getting started

Find an outdoor space where you think small animals would like to live - in mulch under trees, on small logs and rocks, or amongst leaves. Use a small stick to turn over the mulch or leaves. When you find an animal, gently collect it. Use your bug-pot or container - NOT your hands. 

Bush snake

​Find an outdoor space where you think small animals would like to live - in mulch under trees, on small logs and rocks, or amongst leaves. Use a small stick to turn over the mulch or leaves. When you find an animal, gently collect it. Use your bug-pot or container - NOT your hands. 

Look closer. Learn more.

Use a magnify glass to look closely at the animal you have collected. What can you see? Look at the body parts , colours and textures. Draw or write down what you see. Use your ID chart, book or app to find out what the animal is called.

Make sure you return all the animals you collect to the same places you found them.