How to Create a Bug Zoo
Last updated: October 18, 2022, at 5:39 p.m. PT
Originally published: April 27, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. PT
A homemade bug zoo is a great way to observe and learn about the small creatures that live around us!
- Clear Containers (empty 2L bottles with the bottoms cut off, glass gars, plastic cups)
- Food Scraps
- Grass or Leaves
Clear a spot for your containers. A garden bed is a great spot.
Place food scraps on the cleared spot. Try a piece of moldy cauliflower, half a mushy orange, potato peels, the butt of an onion, or a banana peel.
Cover your scraps with grass clippings or leaves.
Cover your scraps with your clear container. Leave undisturbed for a few hours, and up to a few days.
Observe the bugs you collected in your zoo, write down your observations to share with friends, family, or in Camp Orkila’s Zoom debrief.