How to make an insect pooter!
Investigate fascinating bugs with this home-made gadget…
Love insects? Want to look at them more closely? Then learn how to make a pooter – a cool little gadget that lets you suck up bugs (safely, and with care!) to study…
How to make a pooter
What you’ll need:
Clear plastic food tub with a resealable lid
Two flexible straws (please use biodegradable or paper ones!)
Old nylon tights (clean!)
First, make a filter to stop any bugs accidentally going in your mouth! Cut a small piece of the nylon tights to cover the hole at the bendy end of one straw. Fasten it at the sides with tape.
Next, make a small hole in the middle of the tub’s side using a sharp point — such as a compass. Insert a pencil into the hole to widen it until it’s just big enough for the bendy end of the other straw to poke through.
Repeat Step 2 with the filter-covered straw on the opposite side of the tub. The hole may need to be a little bit bigger so the filtered straw fits through.
Make two small sausages of Blu-Tack or other putty and circle them around the straws where they enter the tub. Firmly press them in place to block up any air holes. Then put the lid on the tub.
Now test your pooter using a bug-sized object, such as a grain of rice or a bit of paper. Position the filterless straw near the object. Breathe in quickly through the filtered straw. The specimen should shoot up into the pooter. Yay, it’s time to go bug hunting!
When you’ve finished observing your bug in the tub, be sure to remove the lid and gently release it back where you found it!
Don’t try to suck up anything that’s bigger than the end of your straw!