Finding and Identifying Insects
You will need:
- A small pot such as a clean yoghurt pot
- A trowel for digging
- A few stones
- A small piece of wood or a flat stone to act as a rain cover
What to do:
- Find a good spot for your trap on level ground, amongst vegetation.
- Dig a hole big enough to sink your pot so that it is completely level with the ground.
- Place the pot into the hole. You can put a few leaves, small stones and twigs in the pot to make any insects you catch feel at home.
- Build a cover over the trap by placing stones around the pot and resting a flat stone or piece of wood on top. Make sure there is enough space for insects to crawl under. This will stop the pot filling with water if it rains.
- Wait for a few hours or, better still, overnight.
- When you are ready, empty your pot carefully into a tray so that you can see what has fallen in. Take photos so that you can have a go at identifying what you have caught.
- Return the creatures carefully to a sheltered spot in vegetation and fill in the trap hole.
Have a go at identifying what you have found. There are lots of fantastic resources online to help. You can either take photographs of the insects you want to ID or collect them in small pots.Remember to return them to where you found them. Here is a list of some of our favourite insect identification resources.
You may also like to have a look at our Insect ID resources which gives you information about how to identify insects according to the Big 5 Orders of insects.
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Don’t forget to share what you have found by sending your videos and photos to @morethanadodo.