Have a go at making an origami butterfly. Origami is the art of folding paper into shapes and decorations, that originated in Japan. All you need to make this origami butterfly is a square piece of paper and a spare few minutes:
Here are written instructions for making the origami butterfly, in addition to the video:
Take a square piece of paper. Fold it diagonally, press along the fold, and unfold. Repeat the other way.
Turn the piece of paper over. Fold the bottom edge to the top edge, press along the fold, and unfold. Fold the left edge to the right edge, press along the fold, and unfold.
Fold the left edge to the right edge, allowing the other edges to fold inward along the creases. This will form a triangle shape.
Fold the top layer from both bottom corners of the triangle towards the top corner, but each slightly to either side of that top corner. Press along the creases.
Fold the bottom layer from the top of the triangle towards the bottom flat edge, so that it overlaps a little, and fold it over. Press carefully along the crease, as the bottom “wings” will be drawn up.
Press along the middle crease to help keep the fold over in place.
We would love to see pictures of your creations, please do share them with us.
Find out how many moths live near you by building a moth hotel from recycled materials. You will also need a light to attract moths to your hotel; a small torch or bike light is ideal. Once you have collected some moths, you can have a go at identifying them, and then let them go in a safe place.
To make the moth hotel you will need:
A 2-litre plastic bottle
String or wool
Half of a cardboard egg carton, or scrap card
An outdoor light or a torch
Optional: paper to draw flower petals (or print the flower shape from the instructions)
You can download instructions for making your moth hotel from the OUMNH website.
The charity Butterfly Conservation have produced this brilliant moth ID guide to help identify any moths that you find.
Crunchy on the outside is a new blog for and by young entomologists.
Interested in insects? Perhaps you saw something we posted online, came to the museum, or maybe we visited you at school for an Insect Discovery Day. However you heard of us, if you’re interested in insects this is the place for you!
We’ll be sharing news about insects and the natural world, people who work insects and help to protect them, what goes on at the museum, and new things for you to make and do. Look out for:
A peek behind the scenes at the museum
Insect related things to make and do
Info about people who work with insects, both past and present
Cool facts and stories about the amazing insects we can find in this country
A chance to have your say regarding what is in this blog and the museum
First dibs on related events
Crunchy on the outside is your opportunity to tell us what you would like from the museum, share your ideas and to get involved. We’d love to hear your ideas so please get in touch using the CONTACT US page if there is something you’d like to see.
Crunchy on the outside is part of the HOPE for the Future project at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.