Bug collecting is one of the best ways to enjoy nature while at the same time learn of its components. As a hobby, it is quite enjoyable and very educative for both kids and adults. Since one has to endeavor outdoors to capture as many specimens as possible, bug collection enthusiasts are thrust to the natural surrounding by default. They thus get to enjoy the natural environment on a regular basis. On the other hand, during the process of naming their specimen, bug collector get to learn about the new creatures that they catch, increasing their knowledge of insects.
However, accruing these benefits is only possible when and if the process of collecting bugs is done the right way. Herein we are going to brush through pointers that beginner bug collectors should have in mind.
#1. Have The Right Equipment For The Hobby
If you are serious about collecting bugs as a long-term hobby, you should invest in the requisite equipment. Every process of bug collection involves some kind of tool. Some of the tools that you will have to invest in include, an insect net, a killing jar, forceps, a relaxing jar, storage boxes, insect pins, labels, spreading board and pinning block.
#2. Learn The Process Involved In The Actual Of Bugs
After attaining all the necessary tools, it is important to learn about the processes involved in bug collection. Fortunately, the where and when are a non-issue as you can capture bugs almost anywhere and anytime during the year. However, you should learn how to actually capture the bugs, how to kill them, spreading them, and pinning them.
#3. Reference For The Identification Of Bugs
Finally, you need to find a good reference you can use to identify the bugs that capture so as to label your collection correctly. Correct labeling of bugs is critical to understanding the bugs you have in your collection. It also makes it easy to share your work with others.