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Many types of insects live in ponds and other types of water. To see these animals you need special tools.

To build your own insect collector and viewer, follow these directions:



Collecting net:  Bend a coat hanger into a circle. Attach the circle onto the end of a stick or a pole.

Viewer:  cut the bottom off an ice-cream contianer.

Cover the bottom with plastic wrap and place rubberband around the base to hold it in place.


Take your viewer and collecting net to a quiet pond or body of water. Look at areas near plants and the shorelines. Remember, be very still and have lots of patience.

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