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SOIL BUGS BUGGING YOU?

Make a ‘Berlese’ funnel to catch soil-burrowing insects

Suitable For

Grade 7

Difficulty

3

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

Farmers hate soil-burrowing insects because the can destroy a field of crops or a garden overnight. During the day they hide under rotten, rubble or a thin layer of soil, just to emerge in the dark to consume an entire tomato field or flower garden. In this science experiment, use a ‘Berlese’ funnel to find and trap these insects:

Topics covered

Berlese funnel, Soil-burrowing insects

What will I need?

  • GLASS JAR
  • SOIL SAMPLE
  • COARSE CLOTH NETTING
  • DIGGING SPADE
  • BLACK POSTER BOARD & SCISSORS
  • STICKY TAPE
  • DESK LAMP

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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This science experiment works because soil insects cannot stand light or heat and they dig down through the soil and fall through the coarse netting below and into the glass jar. These insects represent a good sampling of the type of soil-burrowing insects and pests that lives in your garden.

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