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How To Do An Insect Collection
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Attention high school sophomores: do you have to do an insect collection for biology class? Doing an insect collection is a challenging, hands-on way of learning about science. A word of advice from someone who has been there, however: start early on this assignment. The insects are definitely out there, but you may not find them all in one day. By starting early, you can save yourself some anxiety and increase the likelihood of getting a good grade on the assignment.

Begin by getting your supplies. You will need containers with lids for the insects, a butterfly net, a display board, and push pins. You can find these items at major discount stores. Bring them home, and keep them together, because you will use them throughout the assignment.

Next, look around. What do you see? In the house, you might find silverfish in the bathtub, bathroom sink, or kitchen sink. You may see ants on your kitchen counter. Ants are often drawn to sticky or greasy substances. There may be something sticky or greasy left on your counter if you were half asleep when you cleaned up the kitchen last night. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are sneaky. They are known for hiding in walls and often come out at night. If you want to catch a cockroach, you have to be sneaky, like they are. Wait until it is dark. Then look around. Quickly flip on the kitchen light. If there is a giant cockroach on the kitchen floor, it will try to scurry away. If you are fast, you can catch it. Grab your container, and quickly put it over the insect. Next, carefully lift the container just enough to put on the lid, but not enough for the roach to run away. Finally, put the container in the freezer. After the cockroach is frozen, you will be able to attach it to your project board.

Go outside. Perhaps there is a beautiful monarch butterfly getting nectar from some flowers in your front yard. Grab your butterfly net, and hurry! Butterflies are fast. They go to one flower or bunch of flowers, get nectar there, and then move on. You have to move with them in order to catch one. If you step out onto your porch at night, you may find a moth. Moths are drawn to light and often fly around porch lights. Grab your net and see if you can catch a moth.

As you can see, insects are found in many common places. Be patient, be creative, and see what you can find. Good luck.


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