A pastime for kids (ages 5-10) to do during the summer. It's kind of like fishing to 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.
See also Beetle Maniac
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- 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.
- Looks like one of the only hobbies Shilo from Repo! The Genetic Opera has while imprisoned in her room.
- In It, one of the summer pastimes undertaken by the children is catching insects, 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 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and his friends regularly catch frogs and snakes just for the fun of it.
- 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.
- Bug Catchers in Pokémon are explicitly based off this. The creator, Satoshi Tajiri, was even an avid Bug Catcher himself when he was a kid, and this pastime is actually what he based Pokemon off of.
- You'll spend a lot of time doing this in the various incarnations of Animal Crossing.
- The bug net in some of the 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 The Legend of Zelda: 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. The bugs come in handy for making various types of items.
- In The Sims 2, Sims can catch bugs. They even get a collection box with pictures of the species they've caught. Sims can also catch bugs and put them on display in The Sims 3.
- Harvest Moon A New Beginning has bug catching, and you can actually make a good amount of money depending on what you catch. You can also use the different types of bees you catch to cultivate honey back on the farm.
- The naturalist Gerard Durell's autobiography, My Family and Other Animals, details the author's childhood (and continuing) obsession with nature, and the many different species he collected as a child.
- During the Boer War, one of Robert Baden-Powell's favourite cover stories when he was spying was as a butterfly collector. Not only did this seem so innocent to the Boers seeing this grown man chasing butterflies that they didn't realize that he only seemed to find ones around their fortifications interesting, but he could disguise his maps in the pictures of the ones he caught.