This activity is a result of preparing for another experiment. It began as an experiment with insects, but it was getting too long, so I chopped it in half. (The experiment, not the insect.) This time we will look at the amazing variety of insects that can be found almost everywhere, and in interesting way to collect them.
This activity is one that I use for Schoolyard Ecology workshops. It is a great warm up for getting people to slow down and really look at the world around them. Once they do, they are amazed at all of the things they have been missing, and they never look at a lawn in the same way again.
The idea for this experiment comes from my wife, Nancy. I was sitting here at the computer, trying to decide what to write about when Nancy made a comment about how good the flowers on the table smelled. Nancy loves flowers, and always has lots of them around the house. That one whiff and this activity practically wrote itself.