Purpose: Present a variety of ways to collect arthropods.
Materials: various, see desriptions below
1. Understory sweep
With a canvas net connected to a hoop with parachute material and a short handle,
sweep an understory. Collect your sample.
2. Spider web identification
Using cornstarch packed in three pairs of nylon knee highs, gently pat the “bag” upwind
of a potential spider web and identify it as orb, funnel, or tangle.
3. Insect trap
Using a bulb planter, make a hole in the soil under the litter. Place a plastic “SOLO” cup in the hole.
Pin a piece of cardboard over it to act as a fly to keep rain and other animals out. Collect trap later.
4. Tree branch bat
Bat tree branches with a stick. Collect anything that falls with a square canvas covered frame.
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