I like to study insects. The problem is, I never seem to have a container with me when I need it, so this is a field kit for use on Critter Club and day-to-day life.
Here is a photo:


A container to house the kit in. It also serves as a collecting container.


The lid of the container; it’s painted white to double as an observing dish.


A ruler, cut short to fit.


Magnifying glass; with reflective tape so it doesn’t get lost.


Paint brushes for gently moving insects.


A small collecting container.
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Insect Hotel progress

We made an Insect Hotel in November, which is a kind of habitat for various insects.

An Insect Hotel typically consists of hollow bamboo, clay with holes, and wood with holes drilled in it; although there are many more ways to make crevices for nesting insects.

Here are some photos

The pieces being sanded.
The finished Hotel
The handiwork of a resident. (Mr. Wasp has filled up the hole with mud)
Thank you for your stay Mr Wasp! (He has emerged)
Enjoying the view there, Sir?

On the whole the hotel has been a success. You could say the hotel has be a buzz with activity ;)

This is a slow motion video of the wasp



Trading Game

The trading game is one that we play at Critter Club. Here’s how we play:

  • People split into teams then collect natural materials to trade with other teams.
  • People can claim resources by saying how much space is claimed and putting a stick in the ground by the resource. Live animals, however small, and uprooting of whole/rare plants is not allowed.
  • Tradable items might include: pinecones, glass, rocks, bones, sap, makeshift tools, makeshift weapons, and whatever else is around that the other teams want to buy (but not live animals and plants)
  • Two people agree on a trade, for example one small sharp stick for a chunk of clear glass.


To function, the game relies on people being sensible and reasonable; which includes not taking unguarded resources and being reasonable about what area is claimed.

You can however charge as much as you can get!