Pit-fall traps are simple to make. Our scientists use them to collect specimens for their research and to add to the Museum’s collections. What will you find in yours?
A finished pitfall trap, ready for bugs to fall in
Can you catch a centipede? They have at least 30 legs.
Any bugs that walk where your trap is will not realise the cup is there and may fall in.
Check your trap the next day. Don’t leave it any longer, or you might harm any creatures you catch. Pull your cup out of the ground and have a look at what’s inside.
Write down what you see. Draw or take photographs of the creepy crawlies you catch.
You can use an identification guide like the OPAL Bugs Count Pocket ID Guide to identify what you’ve found.
Will you trap a woodlouse? Pill woodlice curl up when disturbed.
Make sure you release everything back into the wild. You can re-set your trap and check again the next day to see who’s wandered past.
Invertebrates like beetles, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice, ants, spiders and worms.
This article was originally published in Wild World, our magazine for kids.