Bug Bottle

Bug Bottle

Supplies: A cooperative caterpillar, beetle, grasshopper, snail, slug or spider, some leaves, a little moist soil, a large jar with holes punched in the lid (get a grown-up to assist you with this).

Put a little moist soil in the bottom of your jar.  Walk through your garden and see if you can find any interesting bugs, slugs or snails.  Stay away from wasps, bees and black widow spiders.

When you find something good gently move it into your jar.  It's a good idea to put a few leaves or a little twig in the jar so your bug feels at home.

Your bug will need a little something to eat.  Snails, slugs, grasshoppers and caterpillars like to eat leaves, especially lettuce.  Ladybugs eat aphids; praying mantises and spiders like flies.

Keep your jar indoors out of the sun and heat.  Every day or two, add a few drops of water and maybe a fesh leaf.  Check your bug often to see what it's up to.

After a week, return your bug to your garden (or if you had a slug or snail, to an open field) and find another one.