Created By: Raso on February 17, 2011 Last Edited By: Raso on February 27, 2011
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A past time for kids (5-10) to do during the summer. Its kind of like fishing see who catches the most and release at the end of the day. Bug Catching nets are a must.

Its mostly a boys and Tomboy thing although there are a few surprises.

Extremely popular in japan, this pastime is the reason behind the creation of Pokémon.

See also Beetle Maniac.

Anime and Manga

Western Animation

Film
  • In Lucas starring Corey Haim, the titular boy spends his summers out in the woods, catching bugs, tadpoles, frogs, crawfish, and other creepy crawlies, just for the fun of it.

Literature
  • One of the summer past-times undertaken by the children in Stephen King's It is catching bugs, frogs, and other creepy crawlies in the Barrens.
  • In the Dr. Seuss book, Summer one of the joys of summer for kids is catching fireflies in jars.
  • In Tom Sawyer, Tom and his friends regularly catch frogs and snakes just for the fun of it.

Newspaper Comics
  • Calvin and Hobbes often go out looking for bugs or "anything weird."
  • FoxTrot:Jason and Marcus often do this, so as to have a ready supply of critters with which to annoy Paige.

Video Games
  • Bug Catchers in Pokémon are explicitly based off this.
  • You'll spend a lot of time doing this in the various incarnations of Animal Crossing.
  • The bug net in some of the Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past is reminiscent of this (you can even catch bees and other insects with it as well as the fairies that return in later games). Later games even have bug collecting subquests (particularly Twilight Princess where there was a massive variety of bugs to collect and one of a kind gold versions of each you had to collect as part of a side quest).
  • The player does this every once in a while in Monster Hunter as well.

Real Life
  • The naturist Gerard Durell's autobiography 'My Family and Other Animals' details the author's childhold (and continuing) obsession with nature, and the many different species he collected as a child.

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • February 17, 2011
    Raso
    This is going to need quite a bit of work... Anyone have a good color pic of Yotsuba doing this? I know I have seen it I couldnt find it just the cover of the volume.
  • February 17, 2011
    Worldmaker
    One of the first things that has to be done is it needs rewritten to get it away from the "this only happens in anime" assumption. Changing the title is a good first step.

    Because it doesn't just happen in anime.

    Animation

    Film
    • In Lucas starring Corey Haim, the titular boy spends his summers out in the woods, catching bugs, tadpoles, frogs, crawfish, and other creepy crawlies, just for the fun of it.

    Literature
    • One of the summer past-times undertaken by the children in Stephen King's It is catching bugs, frogs, and other creepy crawlies in the Barrens.
  • February 17, 2011
    KZN02
    See also Beetle Maniac.
  • February 18, 2011
    Lavalyte
    In the Dr Seuss book, Summer one of the joys of summer for kids is catching fireflies in jars.
  • February 18, 2011
    Jallen
    You'll spend a lot of time doing this in the various incarnations of Animal Crossing.
  • February 18, 2011
    Raso
    ^^^ Is that a slightly better description? I still need to work on the grammar and add some details though.
  • February 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    The bug net in some of the Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past is reminiscent of this (you can even catch bees and other insects with it as well as the fairies that return in later games). Later games even have bug collecting subquests (particularly Twilight Princess where there was a massive variety of bugs to collect and one of a kind gold versions of each yu had to collect as part of a side quest).
  • February 18, 2011
    TonyG
    Calvin And Hobbes often go out looking for bugs or "anything weird."
  • February 20, 2011
    Chabal2
    Fox Trot:Jason and Marcus often do this, so as to have a ready supply of critters with which to annoy Paige.
  • February 22, 2011
    DerScotten
    The player does this every once in a while in Monster Hunter as well.
  • February 22, 2011
    Bisected8
    Also, shouldn't the Pokemon example be in Video Games?
  • February 23, 2011
    Raso
    Yeah sorry.
  • February 24, 2011
    Worldmaker
    In Tom Sawyer, Tom and his friends regularly catch frogs and snakes just for the fun of it.
  • February 25, 2011
    Lavalyte
    the naturist Gerard Durell's autobiography 'My Family And Other Animals' details the author's childhold (and continuing) obsession with nature, and the many different species he collected as a child.
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