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Baiting Bugs

en Español

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Supplies
  • 3×5 Index Card

  • Sugar Cookies, jelly, honey, potato chips or other tasty foods to be used as bait.

  • A Stopwatch Or Kitchen Timer

  • Analog clock

  • Pencil

Let’s Do It!

  1. Think of places outside where animals might live, like grassy areas or sidewalks.

  2. Find a spot to set up a bait experiment.

  3. Decide what kind of bait you want to use to attract an insect – cookies, potato chips, or other tasty food

  4. Add a little bit of your bait to an index card.

  5. Predict the types of animals that might visit your bait.

  6. Set your timer for 15 minutes as soon as you place your first index card and bait on the ground.

  7. After 15 minutes, go back to your bait and make a list of the animals present.

  8. Wait another 10 minutes and return to your bait for a final observation.

Talk It Over!

  1. What animals did you see on your bait card?

  2. Were they what you expected?

  3. Can you try a different bait or a different location? What do you think will happen?