Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bug sucker - bug collector AKA Pooter

Here is a great idea. I did this once, a long time ago!

New bug sucker 2.0, AKA pooter!
I've been hatching lady beetles in my impatience plant. Not by choice, although some people buy them for their gardens as they eat aphids.
bug collector V. 1.0

I don't have many aphids, and they didn't seem to make a dint in my white fly population. What good are they? I have caught 98 lady beetles, so far. Can't wait until I can put this plant outdoors!

My old bug collector is somewhat wonky, and I made a new one. Did you know they are called Pooters?!
So nice to see bright blooms!

I remember making bug suckers with a class once-upon-a-time, with my students. I loved integrating science into curriculum. We would grow bulbs, and photograph their daily growth, chart it on a graph, track the rate of blooms.

We used old film canisters, in the good old days of 35 mm, but I used a mason jar and a hot glue gun to secure two tubes into the lid.
Cover the end with gauze so you don't suck up the bugs.
Sort of an anti-bug sucker!

Lots of hot glue to keep the seal.
Bugs come in the one tube,
as you suck through the other tube.

So cute!

Lady beetle

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