While insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, they can be difficult to find unless one looks in the right habitats. Insects are common on the flowers and foliage of plants, around decaying logs and on the ground among the grasses and weeds.
Some insects are only active during certain times of the year, and many of them are only active at certain times of day. For example, lightening bugs are easy to find at night, but they spend the day hiding. Alternatively, grasshoppers are almost exclusively diurnal, spending their nights hiding in the grass. Nocturnal insects, particularly moths, are often attracted to bright lights.
Many insects, including dermestid beetles, flies and ants, are scavengers that may be found near dead plants or animals. Ants, termites, bees, wasps and hornets often construct highly visible homes, although many of these insects are equipped with stingers or other methods for protecting the colony.
Pitfall traps are an effective method for catching insects. Create one by digging a hole in the soil and inserting a jar that is buried flush with the ground. It is also possible to sweep a pillowcase or fabric net directly above the surface of the grass to collect numerous tiny insects.