Some time in April of 2011, my students are required to capture 30 different insects. Today I gave the students instructions on how to make a killing jar, so they can have an early start on their collection. This is a killing jar according to The Applie.
Want to know how to make an Applie Killing Jar? Great! Read on and find out.
The supplies you need are:
Insects, of course. The one I had was the Lubber Grasshopper.
A small jar with air holes in the lid. This is to keep the insect alive until you can kill it.
Other supplies include a large ziplock bag, small jar, cotton balls, finger nail polish remover, rubber band, and old pantyhose.
Place three cotton balls in the small jar and pour some polish remover onto the cotton balls. You’ll need a good amount.
If you have the panty hose, remove the lid from the victim’s jar and use the rubber band to secure the nylon to the top. This allows more of the fumes into the jar and kills the insect quicker. I did not have any spare nylons, so it did take a while for this thing to die.
Place the cotton ball jar and the insect jar into the ziplock bag and seal. Try to squeeze out excess air. We really don’t want the insect to have any fresh air.
Now set it aside and wait. It took almost two hours for this grasshopper to die. I don’t like it when it takes that long.
- You do not want to put the polish remover in with the insect, because the insect will become wet and too nasty to pin later.
- Using The Applie Killing Jar with butterflies, will make the wings open up beautifully. The butterflies will be easy to pin and display.
So today this Lubber Grasshopper went from this
to this in a couple of hours.
Now the students are equipped to go forth and rid America of some insects, all in the name of science. 🙂
If you are having trouble finding/catching insects read here how we collected some of ours.