The entomology student
One of the courses I am taking this year is Entomology and it is a requirement that I make a collection of insects for study and submission later in the term. Yesterday, I got my gear together and went exploring in the bushes around my dorm building. The area has quite a bit of rotting wood and natural vegetation that I thought it would be a cinch to capture some bugs. However, it proved more difficult than expected.
My first capture was a large ant; no big deal! Ants are everywhere! Anyway, I kept it. I lifted some old rotting logs, dug around under trees but couldn’t find anything. It must be due to the cold weather or these bugs are more clever than I anticipated. Anyway, I went for the mass capture device: the net! After swinging it around in the bushes I found that I caught a grasshopper (who was very energetic!), a bee and a few bush spiders. I tossed out the spiders and took the other two, but I needed something else. That something else came in the form of a very hairy caterpiller which I didn’t euthanize because I didn’t have any equipment for storage. I still took him back to my room and while I pinned the other guys, the little hairy critter did a little exploration of his own around my desk! I tried to trap him on some wire surrounded by some sugar-water, but he was so keen on leaving that he was swimming to escape! I eventually let him go and got back to my pinning.
This morning I found another weird bug clinging to my room’s ceiling. I got out the net and whisked him into a jar quickly. It didn’t take long before I was performing another impalement! I really don’t know much about Canadian bugs, but I hope I can find a lot for my collection. Time does not permit me to travel to remote sites for gathering so I hope all these bugs either come to me or that there is a bountiful ecosystem just outside my dorm that I haven’t explored yet! Wish me luck!