Overcome Critter Phobia By Raising Insects at Home
Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of Bugs by Raising Them at Home
- Provide them about a 3 cm layer of dry bran meal that serves as their food as well as their habitat.
- Many people buy or raise mealworms to feed fish, pet reptiles, or crayfish.
- They can be purchased at a pet store, bait store, or from a biological supply company online.
- Use a plastic box the size of a shoe box and place a double layer of paper towel over the top of the meal. Spray it once or twice a day with water and you will have very healthy mealworms that produce many generations of insects.
- Children can provide different conditions around their habitat or out on a table and then they can observe the mealworms for several minutes at a time.
- To deduce the mealworms’ habitat preferences, be sure that only one variable is changed at a time.
- Offer a choice of light or dark; a choice of moist or dry; or later place some larvae in the center of four pieces of colored paper in a pinwheel configuration.
How to Raise Butterflies
- Kits can be purchased at toy stores or online through biological supply companies.
- The only draw-back to Painted Lady butterflies is that they are actually a little too easy to cultivate. They come in a plastic cup with food in the bottom and your child never needs to touch or care for them because the culture is self-contained.
- You still get to see the miracle of metamorphosis, but once they have spun some webbing around the inside of the plastic cup they become less active and less visible.
- Once they have formed a chrysalis you need to move them to a larger container and hang them from the ceiling of the container well before they emerge to be sure that their wings can hang downward and dry properly to enable them to fly.
- They can be fed sugar water for a few days before releasing them.