University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
Once the inverted bowl is covered with individual eyes, rip sheets of newspaper into thin strips. In the medium size mixing bowl, mix flour and water into a paste (paper mache). Adding extra glue is optional.
Gently pull the compound eye off of the large mixing bowl. If some of the newspaper in- between sticks, don't worry. Add a layer of paper mache newspaper strips to the inside part of the compound eye, again smoothing out and filling in spaces between the individual eyes. Allow to dry.
The compound eye can be displayed with a large easel, or on a shelf. By looking into the compound eye, students can get an idea of what an insect might see.
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Photographs courtesy of S. Bailey, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
Last updated: 21 January 1999
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