Bugnoculars – a perfect gift for those little inquisitive ones who love to study nature.
Insects aren’t the easiest things in the world to study, mainly because they love to scuttle and scamper where we can’t follow.
Navigate this little hurdle with Bugnoculars, a comfortable little bug, and other specimens, container with a pair of 3X magnifiers built into the lid.
Use the two sets of tweezers to place bugs, plants and other specimens in the waterproof tub, then close the lid to observe them in great detail. Box features air holes, overlapping seal, carry handle and holders for tweezers.
- Observation box with two 3X magnifiers in the lid
- Hinged lid with air holes and overlapping seal
- Includes wide grip and fine grip tweezers
- Box features carry handle and tweezers holders
With the Bugnoculars they can observe pretty much anything they can catch! From bugs and tadpoles to butterflies, and even flowers and leaves and other items from nature. The box itself has a rubber grip handle which is soft for little hands and has a snap on lid which has air holes to keep those little creatures alive and well. The base is watertight, for those aquatic creatures.
- Do not keep insects for more than a couple of hours.
- Always return them to their natural environment.
- Take care not to hurt any bugs when using the tweezers.
Academic studies have shown that learning outside supports creativity and problem solving in children, enhances cognitive abilities, and can improve academic performance. It also helps reduce anxious energy and promotes focus.
Along with helping mentally, nature-based education has physical benefits as well. Getting children outside can make learning more relevant and helps develop deeper interests by exposing them to more real-life opportunities.
Did you know?
There are some 3.500 species of woodlice in the world, with 32 recorded here in Ireland.
Woodlice are fascinating insects to study and very easy to find. Turn over a log or large stone in the garden and you will probably find a teeming mass of woodlice underneath, attracted by the moist conditions that they need to survive.
Woodlice have a hard exterior skeleton, like insects and spiders, but in woodlice this lets water vapour through – which makes them particularly vulnerable to drying out. Because of this they tend to avoid bright, dry conditions and congregate during the day in moist, dark places like compost heaps, under logs and stones or in cracks and crevices where the danger of drying out is minimal.
Woodlice eat dead or decaying plant matter and are an essential component of nature’s waste disposal system. The ultimate recyclers, they help to break down the complex structure of the material so that vital nutrients are returned to the soil.
Underneath their protective plates woodlice have seven pairs of jointed legs, and in females a brood pouch towards the rear of the body. Most species in Ireland have one brood of babies per year. The number of eggs produced varies according to the size of the female, but upwards of 200 eggs is not uncommon in a brood. Fertilised eggs are transferred to the brood pouch where they hatch in three to nine weeks. Baby woodlice are particularly vulnerable to drying out at this stage and remain in the mother’s protective pouch until after their first moult, when they venture forth on their own.
Because of their hard external skeleton woodlice, like spiders, must moult in order to grow. This moulting happens in two stages, with the back half of the exoskeleton being shed first, followed by the front half a few days later. This two-stage moult is thought to help woodlice to stay active and avoid predators at this vulnerable time, and assists with water conservation.