Sir Son is required to collect 30 different types of insects, for his biology class. So far he has 12. Last weekend we marched to two local parks in search of six legged creatures. We only found bees and wasps.
We bought a large black light to try and see what we could catch at night. Sir Son has been wanting a black light for his room, so he was thrilled when we brought it home.
We hung a large white sheet out on the line and placed the black light facing it. It was pretty cool looking.
Withing a few minutes we started getting small beetles.
Lots and lots of small beetles.
Sir Son ran down the street to his friends house to borrow the butterfly net. Of course the friend had to come down and see what was going on. 🙂
We mostly got the small beetles, but Sir Son also was able to get larger beetles and a few things we can’t identify yet. I caught him a moth, but we are hoping to get larger ones later.
The bugs were killed in a killing jar and then pinned to the foam board to dry out. We discovered they are not always dead when pinned. One Woodboring Beetle is refusing to die, even thought Sir Son has told it several times it is dead. This beetle is now known as “The Immortal Beetle”.
Saturday will bring anothe opportunity to collect butterflies and other things. We plan on going to a different park, armed with several killing jars…and a picnic.