Insect Activities

Lawn Insect Activity

What do you see down there?
What do you see down there?

Spring and summer are the best times to take a lawn safari. You won't see much activity in the winter. Take a wire coat hanger and bend it into a square. Go out on your lawn or in a grassy park and toss the hanger on the grass.

What You'll Need:

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Magnifying glass
  • Notebook
  • Pencil

Study whatever in the grass is "framed" by the wire. Get down flat on your stomach and have a really close look. Use your magnifying glass as well. Search the grass inch by inch, blade by blade, and find as many animals as you can: earthworms, beetles, grubs, spiders, moths, and anything else.

Jot down what you see in your notebook. If you don't know the name of the animal, draw it. Adult insects have six legs while spiders and their kin have eight, so don't confuse spiders with insects.

Take your wire frame and toss it into another patch of grass and do the same thing. Do you find anything different?

Try comparing shady grass and sunny grass. Compare thin grass with thick, healthy grass. Are there any differences in the types of insects you find?

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