Do you have a bug enthusiast in your home? A child who enjoys picking up bugs and observing their behavior? You and your child can work together to make a simple but effective bug jug that can house most any bug(s). Your enthusiast will spend hours observing the bugs he or she has chosen to live in the new house.
A two or three-liter bottle works well to make the bug jug. Remove the label completely, as well as any residue from the label, so the child can easily see through the bottle. You can soak the bottle in warm, soapy water to remove the label or purchase a product that’s made especially for removing labels and their sticky residue.
Cut a large hole in the top of the bottle. It can be a rectangle, square, circle or oval. The hole provides breathing air for the bugs but also gives you a way to reach inside and arrange the bug home. An adult should do the cutting of the bottle; use a sharp craft knife or even scissors to cut out the shape.
Use the opening to pour in dirt or sand. Place the dirt in the bottle so that it’s a couple of inches deep. The dirt provides a familiar surface for the bugs while weighting down the bottle at the same time. Place other things inside the bottle, too, like a shell full of water, some real or fake plants, some bark pieces, a few small rocks – whatever you have that you think the bug might enjoy.
Wipe off around the cut opening of the bottle to make sure it’s clean. Now use double-sided tape to make a perimeter around the opening. Be sure there is no area around the opening that doesn’t have tape or the bug can later escape.
Cut a piece of wedding tulle, or another tightly-knit lace, to go over the top of the bottle. Press the tulle into the double-sided tape to close the opening. The tulle keeps the bugs in while also giving them plenty of fresh air. Just before sealing the tulle completely drop in the bug(s) you want to observe. Now finish sealing the tulle. Later, when you want to add water, remove the bug, or otherwise reach inside the bug jug you can simply pull the tulle back, do what you need to, then push the tulle back onto the double-sided tape.
If you have a child that really enjoys watching a bug’s life he or she will adore the new bug jug. Make sure you keep water inside for the bugs and never keep a bug too long. Like many other living things, they die in captivity, so let the bug go after a few days.