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Explore the world of insects! Learn how to plant a butterfly garden in your backyard or schoolyard. Spend some time near an ant hill and take notes or photographs of the activity observed. Raise an insect (mealworms, caterpillars, mosquitoes, flour beetles, or others) and observe and record their life cycle. Check out the following activities for more buggy ideas.

The Adventures of Herman
Read the autobiography of Squirmin' Herman the worm. The multimedia story begins with his ancestral migration on a seventeenth-century wooden ship.
Help Scout Cat match pictures of beneficial insects and pests in this bingo-like game. Includes player game cards, templates for overhead transparencies or display sheets, information about each insect, and instructions.
The Bug Club
Join The Bug Club. This site features articles, photographs, games, and puzzles about all sorts of bugs. This site even tells how to keep insects as pets.
Butterfly Conservancy
Places to buy butterfly supplies.
Butterfly House Plans
Build a butterfly condominium.
How to Make a Butterfly Garden
Learn how to make a butterfly garden.
Insect Collecting Techniques
Insects are everywhere! Find out what it takes to catch them on this site.
Journey North
Track the migration of monarch butterflies both north and south.
National Wildlife Federation
Information on how to start a backyard or schoolyard wildlife habitat.
Orkin Virtual Roach
Explore the anatomy of an insect using this virtual roach.
PBS: Alien Empire
This miniseries takes you into the bizarre, fascinating world of insects, with amazing graphics, sound and animation, enhanced video, and activities for kids.
Pet Bugs!
You can order bugs over the internet! Isn't technology great?
The Provincial Museum of Alberta Natural History Invertebrate Zoology Fact Sheets
Keep live invertebrates as pets! Be the only person on your block to have a tiger beetle for a friend. Many insects are easy to keep, fascinating to observe, and are great educational tools.