We know that insects are plentiful on sea coasts, forests and mountain tops. In New Zealand many are hidden underground, in rotten logs, or in places where you have to search for them. New Zealand's insects tend to be small and dull coloured.
Armed with our petre dishes we went insect hunting, being very careful to not destroy habitats or creepy crawly critters.
On our return to the classroom we put our critters under the visualiser and what did we see ...
A wriggly, squiggly, squimy worm.
An eight legged spider. Is this an insect?
Slater bugs, lots of slater bugs!
A giant ant - well it looks like a giant on our TV!
Some kind of winged insect that was not a praying mantis, grass hopper or dragon fly! It had very long legs!
Another spider with stripy legs, but not a white tail!
Shall we do that again tomorrow?