Last week, I suggested getting to know your backyard birds by making a pinecone birdfeeder. Today, it’s time to get to learn about another type of wildlife that calls your backyard home: bugs.
Day 8: Go on a backyard bug hunt.
Bugs are one of our favorite backyard critters. In the past, we’ve built a bug world and a roly-poly terrarium to temporarily house a few guests before returning them to the backyard.
One of the best parts about a backyard bug hunt is its simplicity; even in our very urban space, we can usually find something interesting. We just look under something heavy, like a rock, stepping stone or potted plant. Bugs can also be found on trees and flowers, and near water.
A few hints for a successful backyard bug hunt:
- Get up close and personal. A bug container, magnifying glass or butterfly net can come in handy.
- Search for signs of bugs, too. Live bugs are the best, but vacated webs, cocoons and even dead bugs are all fun to investigate.
- Try to identify what you see. Take pictures, then consult a field guide to learn more about your discoveries.
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