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Bugs as Pets

Bug Pets
One of the best ways to learn about animals is to keep and look after them. insects and other invertebrates are no exception. In most cases they are easy to look after (provided you’ve found out about them first), inexpensive and don’t require a vast amount of space.

Cool Insects You Can Raise at Home
Don’t let Mother Nature have all the fun! Try raising Monarch butterflies, silkworms, crickets, ladybugs, black swallowtail butterflies, and praying mantises.

Crickets Rearing
You can raise crickets simply because you like them or because you want to use them as bait when fishing.


Isopod, Pillbug, Sow Bug Rearing
Have you ever turned over a rock or old board and discovered a small, hard-shelled creature resembling a miniature armadillo, and then upon picking it up had it roll-up into a near-perfect ball in your hand? Such armoured creatures are called wood-lice or sowbugs and those kinds that roll up are often called pillbugs.


Keeping Insects
“Why would anyone keep insects and other invertebrates as pets?” you might ask. To me that is an easy question: I love the beautiful, strange shape of insects, their colors, diversity, unusual behavior and interesting life cycle.

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