You don't have to go far to discover insects because many new species are found in people's backyards.
Develop an appreciation for our creepy crawly friends by uncovering their secret lives.
Clipboards or cardboard pieces
Insect ID book or website
Cell phone to take photos
Before heading out on your insect safari, make sure everyone on the expedition is aware that they are observing the insects without disturbing them. For younger members of the safari, you should go online to look at local insects to help with identification.
Wear insect repellent, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing before heading outside.
Patiently look under leaves, on flowers, in the soil, and in the air for insects. As you uncover insects, write down details and/or draw pictures about how the insect looks, where you found it, and how it behaves. Take a cell phone photo to help with identification later. Use the magnifying glass for a more detailed look at the living specimens in the wild.
Anyone interested in animals, nature, and science will appreciate the exploratory fun of working in the field. Insects represent an extremely important member of our biosphere. The study of insects, entomology, is a fascinating field in the sciences and is a great leaping point for future young scientists.