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The basics:

Malaise trapping:

Collecting insects:

Using the project in your teaching:

Project Overview (video)

What is Insect Investigators?

Insect Investigators is a collaborative citizen science project that aims to involve Australian schools in the efforts to document, discover and describe Australia’s unique invertebrate biodiversity. Check out our video below to hear from the team, and learn about this exciting and ambitious project.

Setting up a Malaise trap (video)

Setting up a Malaise trap

Entomologists and insect researchers all over the world use ‘Malaise Traps’ to passively collect flying insects to help us better understand them! As part of the Insect Investigators project, participating schools are being supplied with one of these traps. They can be a bit tricky to set up, so follow the instructions in our video to learn how.

Collecting Insects (video)

Collecting Insects in your own backyard

There are many ways to collect insects in your own backyard, and collecting these insects can be a really important part of understanding what insects are where, and why they might be important. Watch our handy video to learn all about sweep-netting, yellow pan traps, pitfall traps and more techniques you can use at home to collect insects.

Insect collecting kits

Our friends at Australian Entomological Supplies have put together a great mini-collecting kit that schools can purchase to start investigating their local insect fauna!

Bush Blitz Species Discovery

Caught insects (other than those caught using a Malaise trap as part of the official Insect Investigators project) and now not sure what to do with them?

Upload them to iNaturalist as part of the Bush Blitz Species Discovery Project!

What’s in your kit? (video)

What’s in your kit?

How to send in your bottles of specimens (video)

How to send in your bottles of specimens

How to return your Malaise trap(video)

How to return your Malaise trap