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Animals – Bug catcher

What you need

  • A clear glass or plastic jar
  • A length of plastic tubing about 30cm long
  • A piece of card
  • A scissors
  • Tape
  • A rubber band
  • Modelling clay
  • A small piece of muslin


Cut your tubing into two pieces, one about 20cm in length and the other about 10 cm long. Place a small piece of muslin over one end of the shorter tubing and secure it in place with the rubber band, like this (demonstrates).

Now place the jar upside down on the piece of card and draw around the mouth of the jar, like this.

Using your scissors cut around the circle you have drawn.

Next you want to make two small holes in the card, just big enough for the tubing to fit through.

Tape the card to the mouth of the jar, making sure to tape all around the edge.

Push each tube in through the hole in the card, make sure it is the muslin covered end that is inside the bottle for the shorter piece of tubing.

Finally you need to make everything fairly air tight, so seal around the tubing holes with modelling clay.

Your bug collector should look like this and is now ready for use.

Head off on your bug safari and when you find a little bug you want to study a little closer just hold the long tube above the bug.

Place the short tube in your mouth and give a short, quick suck in. If the jar is sealed correctly the bug should be sucked into the jar.

The muslin prevents you from accidently sucking the insect into your mouth.

Let me show you the bug collector in action… I think there are some insects in this tray over here… aha there is a little ant, watch this… (Peadar uses the device to suck the ant into the jar).

And there he is I can see him a lot more clearly in here, especially if I use one of these (holds up a magnifying glass).

Of course it is very important to release the insects after you have observed them, placing them back in the same habitat that you found them in.

Ag teastáil


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