For most of us the fascination with our friends in the insect world starts early. For some it lasts our entire life. As with any form of insect collecting some choose to catch and release while others decide to collect specimens to keep. Whatever your choice remember to respect the species by limiting your catch. I encourage you to get out there and explore, much is learned from reading but handling and seeing them up-close can teach us even more. Here are some tips and tricks to help you in your backyard insect safari!
- A good net
- Glass jar covered with cheese cloth fastened with an elastic (dollar stores often have nice options)
- Collecting bags
- Forceps or tweezers
- Several trap ideas are used such as Barrier traps, Funnel traps, Bait traps, Pan traps and Pitfall traps
- A magnifying glass
- A note book
- An electronic tablet to film, photo and document your catch
Remember to check under rocks and logs, but return them to their place to allow new little critters to move in later on.
ps. In many locations, permits are required for collecting insects. Please check with local authorities (e.g. park managers) before collecting specimens. This may be helpful: http://www.ontarioinsects.org/laws.htm