Insect Collecting Basics For Kids (Ep 2)


Here lie the trophies of some of the great
hunters of the past. They walk beneath our feet, fly above our heads and cross our paths.
If one desires to find these treasures he need not look far, but right in front of him.
He shall cast in his net and become an Insect Hunter. Hey everybody today’s episode is about collecting. First off in the show Titus will tell us all
we need to know about collecting equipment and then we’re going to go to the field where
David will teach us how to collect. Then we’ll wrap up our show with Critical Charles and
Danny Don’t Do giving us some tips. I’m Titus and I’m hear to tell you everything
you need to know about equipment for your insect hunting excursion. A true insect hunter
will get in there get their trophy and prepare it to be preserved for long term storage.
Let’s look at the equipment. One of the tools I highly recommend for insect hunters is a
set of forceps. These are soft touch forceps and great handling those specimens so they’re
in pristine condition when we’re ready to mount ’em. Every insect hunter needs a net.
I really like this model because it’s got this strong cloth and nice mesh at the end
so we can look at our trophies that we’ve caught so far. This kind of net you can purchase
online and find details below or there’s some links down there in our description that will
help you learn how to make one for yourself. Every Insect Hunter absolutely needs a killing
jar. There’s two parts to the killing jar: the
jar and the absorbent material to soak in
those chemicals that’ll knock those insects down fast. You wanna have a good jar so you
can keep going all day long and keep knocking those insects down. Inside of the part that
absorbs the chemical you’ll wanna put some ethyl acetate if you have access to a lab
or you can just use nail polish remover. You wanna make sure there’s plenty of chemical
in your kill jar, not too much, but enough to keep the insects from moving around. Insects
that are moving around could disturb each other and harm your trophies. You wanna have
the best ones you can possibly have. So knock ’em out fast. If you don’t have a kill jar
and don’t have access to purchase one you can make one yourself by looking at the description
below. Another thing you’ll want to do with your kill jar is put some paper towels in
there. It helps absorb some of the chemicals and it also keeps the insects from moving
around too much. Another way to knock ’em down fast is by putting your insects in an
alcohol vial. Just get a small container and fill it with ethanol or rubbing alcohol. Put
the insects in there and they’ll quit moving within minutes. If anybody asks why you’re
carrying around alcohol just tell ’em you’re an insect hunter and send ’em my way. Another
thing you’ll wanna take is a bunch of ziploc bags with you I’ve already labeled mine so
I know exactly which day I caught ’em and where I got ’em at. So what you’ll do is take
a ziploc bag and put a little bit of paper towel in there as welll so you can fit lots
of insects in there without getting disturbed by one another. As a good insect hunter you’ll
wanna have a nice bag that you can keep everything organized in and well maintained. If there’s
one thing I can say about insect hunting the more often you have your equipment with you
the more likely you’ll be able to find some insects. They’re all over the place, so I
say always be prepared. My name’s David and we’re here at the Celery
Bog in Indiana near Lafayette. Today we’re trying to find some of natures most fascinating
creatures, Insects. In order to find insects you must look in various places. The more
places you look the more variety of insects you’ll find. Let’s go and see if we can find
some insects to catch. One of the first places to start looking for insects is on the ground.
Though most of them fly many will possibly live under rocks, logs and other debris which
is on the ground. First we’ll start with this rotting log. Simply lift it up and start to
look underneath for insects. As you can see underneath there’s many types of insects and
other things scurrying around. Sometimes even moving small logs and small rocks will reveal
many insects. A beetle.
One of the techniques you’ll need to learn to master is sweeping. Sweeping is using your
net almost as if it were a broom to capture insects in a motion like this. The key is
to keep the movement going. You’ll place your one hand on the top and one below as if you
were holding a broom. You must keep it moving consistently so insects cannot fly out and
escape. Let’s have a try. Sometimes it takes a while before you’ll find
enough insects. Take your time and keep going. Once you think you’ve got something in your
net slow it down and quickly grab the net at the end to keep the insects inside. You
can look inside of the mesh to see if there’s anything in there worth keeping. Here we have
a small wasp. You’ll want to keep your hands a little ways away in case if they try to
sting you. So now we’re going to take what’s inside and place it into our killing jar.
First of all I like to stabilize this a little bit by placing it between my legs. Now you’ll
open up your killing jar and place your killing jar inside of your net. Now what you’re going
to do is slowly run the net along so that you’re able to get all of the insects into
the jar without them slipping past. You slowly get up to the mesh. Once you are at the mesh
you can take the contents of your net and place them into your jar. Now we’ll place
the top of the killing jar on top and it will stun them after a few moments. After your
insects have been in the kill jar for some time you can remove the lid from the jar.
Now I’m going shake my net to make sure all insects remain in the vial.
And put the lid on top. As you can see we have stunned this wasp. He’s not able to fly
at this moment and now we can leave him in here to die.
One of the ways to capture insects as well is by using your net to capture dragonflies
and other flying insects. You’ll want to get your net over them as fast as possible and
keep it moving and then close it again as we learned just before. Let’s see if we can
have a go at it. You can hear the fluttering of his wings. Here he is inside captured and
safe. Now we’ll just take our killing jar just like we learned earlier to get him into
it so he can be pinned and ready for the collection. Alright!
Greetings my name is Critical Charles. After I’ve finished speaking with you, my brother
Danny Don’t Do will be showing you some things you should not do. To avoid his pitfalls I’ll
be giving you sophisticated advice to help you to become a proper insect hunter. Let’s
have a look.
It is one’s responsibility to take care of nature and put everything back in its proper
place. Don’t use your hands like Danny. You could damage your precious prizes. Take care
of your insects when you’re grabbing them. Using ones hands can also cause damage to
our precious fingers. It’s better off to avoid holding insects because they could sting or
bite us. This could cause one physical pain, but then again there are things worse than
physical pain which cause some of us to suffer such as stupidity. For most common folks there’s an insatiable desire to see everything, but often times
trying to see everything can blind us to our own errors. Make sure you transfer your insects
straight from your net to your jar and keep it closed. That way you don’t lose anything.
Always remember an insect in the net is two in the bush.
One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, but one man’s property is his private property.
Always remember before entering somebody else’s property to be respectful and ask for permission.
For Danny it’s impossible to avoid risks but for you, you can. So be sure and ask for permission
when in doubt.That is all the criticizing I can do for today. Hopefully through Danny’s
follies you’ve been able to learn a few things that you can avoid.
Thank you for watching another episode the Insect Hunter. Now I think a lot of you are
probably worried right now thinking, “well Titus being an insect hunter is expensive”
and I understand that so that’s why we made another video over here. In that video we’ll
take about killing. It’s one of my favorite episodes. In there I’ll tell you about some
items you can use in your insect hunting excursions to help you out so it’s not expensive. If
you need more info, go down to the description below and you can check out some of our other
pages. Thank you for watching and happy hunting!

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29 thoughts on “Insect Collecting Basics For Kids (Ep 2)

  1. -but mom, entomology is a very time honored and respected science, I said….shut up and take your haldol, she said, yesterday you wanted to be a shoe.

  2. This info is good enough to stand on its own, shame you felt the need to embellish it with moronic false accents.

  3. At first I was really annoyed with the accents but then I started to really enjoy it. I cracked up at "a beetle"

  4. As someone just starting an entomology project for our local 4-H club, I can't thank you enough. My 9 year old daughter was glued to your videos! You managed to sort through what could been very boring content, in a fun and creative way. Did want to know where we could find the fantastic net with muslin then mesh at the tip? Looked at every site I could find and came up empty.

  5. I just watched 2min 11sec of the video and had to stop and come to the comment section to ask if this is the way you normally speak. A lot of people beat me to it I see. You have a great channel here you don't need to enhance it this way. If someone isn't interested I can't see this changing that. I look forward to viewing the rest of your videos nonetheless.

    UPDATE: I've now watched some of your later videos, a major improvement and very professional. It's great that you were able to take some constructive criticism and make some modifications.

  6. I saw a poll that says “Is it too dramatic?” You know what? I don’t care if you have a dramatic voice or not. It’s ok

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