Girl running through field with a bug net

Go on a bug safari

Let's bug-out and explore a world full of tiny creatures - the land of the minibeast!

It's time to go on a safari... a bug safari! Can you spot a wolf (spider), dragon (fly) or tiger (moth) in your green patch? 

 

From beautiful butterflies and dainty ladybirds to slimy slugs and impressive shield bugs - no matter where you are, you're sure to have a critter-packed safari. 

You can find bugs everywhere - under logs and rocks, beneath pots, on leaves, in the grass and on walls. Just remember, to them you're a GIANT! So be very gentle to avoid hurting these tiny creatures.

 

Have a wild bug safari, show us how you got on and take another bold step towards completing your Wild Challenge!

 

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Did you know that 80 per cent of all creatures on earth are insects?

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What you will need

Bug hunting is bags of fun and all you really need are eagle eyes and an explorer's spirit. However, if you'd like to take a closer look at the beasties you find, you'll need:

  • Our minibeast ID sheet
  • Chunky, soft-bristled paintbrush 
  • Bug pot (a clean jar or pot with a lid will do). 
  • A pooter
  • Magnifying glass
  • Camera or pens and paper
  • Safari pith helmet (optional!)

 

Step-by-step

  1. Head out into you garden or a local green space such as a park or playing field (bugs can be found everywhere but please make sure you have permission to be there and that the spot you choose is safe).
  2. The trick is to get to their level - get up close and explore the little dark, damp and cosy nooks that a minibeast might like to call its home. Dark damp spots under rocks and logs are particularly good hunting grounds for things like worms, woodlice and spiders. You'll most likely find critters like ladybirds, caterpillars and aphids on flowers, plants and leaves.
  3. If you'd like to take a closer look, use your paintbrush to gentle brush the bug into your jar (some of them are pretty quick so keep practising!). This will give you a chance to take a closer look with your magnifying glass, work out what you've caught and take a picture or do a drawing of your find.
  4. Don't leave your bugs in the jar too long, particularly if it hasn't got any air holes. Always put your bug back carefully where you found it and replace upturned rocks and logs.
  5. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
A ladybird picture
Ladybird
Garden Tiger Moth
Garden Tiger Moth
Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider
Southern Hawker Dragonfly
Southern Hawker Dragonfly
Boy with a net on a bug hunt with the RSPB

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a piece of writing talking about your experience.

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