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FLY BY NIGHT!

Make a box trap to capture nocturnal insects

Suitable For

Grade 7

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

As much as there is a place for all insects in the bigger scheme of things, some ‘nocturnal’ insects can be really annoying to people. Night insects like mosquitoes, moths and the like, buzzes your ears constantly, they bite you, or even takes up residence in your home. Use a box-trap to catch some of these ‘nocturnal’ insects in the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Nocturnal

What will I need?

  • FLASHLIGHT
  • CARTON BOX
  • ALUMINIUM FOIL
  • PLASTIC JAR
  • ROPE
  • STICKY TAPE
  • SOCK
  • WHITE PAINT
  • SCISSORS
  • RULER
  • RUBBER BAND
  • GLUE
  • STAPLER

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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This science experiment works because nocturnal insects use the moon to navigate their surroundings. Nocturnal insects will hence be naturally attracted to any source of bright light, and will fly towards the light in the box being reflected off the shiny aluminium paper. Due to the clever flap design of the box which is folded slightly inwards, the insects find it hard to escape again. The insects become exhausted from flying around trying to escape, collapse, and fall through the sock into the jar below.

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