Plate or tray

Decorate the film canisters with the stickers so you can tell them apart. Put all three canisters in a sink or bowl. Fill one canister completely full with water, then snap on the lid. Fill one canister half full with water, then snap on the lid. Fill the third

Journal Notes canister completely full with rubbing alcohol and snap on the lid. Put all three canisters on a plate or tray and put the tray in a freezer overnight. In the morning, check on your "insects."

Never drink rubbing alcohol or car antifreeze. Rubbing alcohol can make you very sick, and antifreeze can kill you.

What happened to the canister completely filled with water? What happened to the canister half-filled with water?

What happened to the canister filled with rubbing alcohol?

When water freezes, it expands. When people suffer from severe frostbite, the water in their skin and muscle cells freezes, then bursts the cells, causing tissue and muscle damage. Insects lose moisture, giving the remaining water room to expand. Alcohols are a type of antifreeze. Antifreeze is a solution that keeps liquids from freezing and expanding. Insect antifreeze keeps their blood from freezing and breaking their bodies.

Bug Bumps

While you are looking for insects in your garden, you might notice strange-looking bumps on a few plants. Some wasps, flies, and aphids lay eggs in a certain part of a plant. The plant grows around them, forming a snug home called a gall. If you open a gall carefully, you might see insect larvae wiggling around. Look for galls on tree leaves and plant stems around your home. Hackberry, oak, hickory, and maple trees often have galls, as do goldenrod stems and grape leaves. Since it can be very hard to identify the larvae, tie a piece of sheer curtain around the unopened gall. Check back on the gall every few days until the adult has emerged. Sketch the gall and the animal in your journal. Each gall producer makes its own special kind of gall. Once you know who made what, you will have an easy way to identify both plants and animals.

The nipple galls on these hackberry leaves are home to psyllid fly larvae.

Plan Your garden

Kow that you know a bit about what insects need, you can plan your garden. First decide on the best place for your garden, and what types of insects you want to attract. It is easiest to find information about how to attract butterflies and moths, but that doesn't mean you can't plant a garden for grasshoppers or stinkbugs if you want to.A general gardening guide such as Landscaping for Wildlife & Air Quality by Carrol L. Henderson, et al.

(Minnesota Bookstore, 1987) provides great background information for almost all types of insects. Look in your library, bookstore, or online for more specific details about your favorite type of insect. For example, imagine you want to watch ambush bugs grab and eat unsuspecting insects.You read a book about ambush bugs and learn they are often found in goldenrod plants, which are a favorite food for flower flies (syr-phids), butterflies, and skippers (a special group of butterflies).Your next step would be to find a type of goldenrod plant that grows where you live.

Continue keeping notes in your journal after your garden is planted. Do the butterflies seem to like one plant better than another? Do all the plants survive? When did you see your first predatory insect? Did any other animals (such as spiders, centipedes, and millipedes) move into your garden as well?

Plant tall flowers in the back, medium ones in the middle and short ones in front. Don't forget to include a place for your butterfly puddle.

Journal Notes

This is the best location for my insect garden: This is the best place for these reasons:_

I want these insects to visit or live in my garden:_

These are the insects I've found in my garden:_

These insects like to eat

These insects have other special needs, including these:_

Plant tall flowers in the back, medium ones in the middle and short ones in front. Don't forget to include a place for your butterfly puddle.

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