Internet Project: Insects A-Z
|If anyone needs some extra help (including the teacher!), there are a couple of places on the net where you can find
a ton of insect common names at once.
The list at
Remember when using the Internet in the classroom that most search engines have filters to remove offensive content. Also, some search engines are better than others for finding different kinds of information. Experiment and see which ones work the best for you.
Roly-Polies: Crustaceans vs. Insects
|But they aren't "bugs" at all. They are one of the few kinds of fully terrestrial crustaceans. And because they are so easy to find, they can be used to show the differences between insects and crustaceans. The differences? Crustaceans typically have 5-7 pairs of legs (pill bugs have 7), and insects have 3 pairs. Crustaceans have 2 pairs of antennae (1 pair is very small on a pill bug, but it's there), insects have only 1 pair. Also: insects have three main body regions (head, thorax, abdomen), crustaceans just have two (cephalothorax, abdomen). Just bring a beetle and a pill bug to show the differences. Turning over a few logs or a rocks in the spring or summer will likely yield both pill bugs and beetles. Throw in a crayfish (also very easy to find) to show that it, like the pill bug, has more antennae and legs than an insect. The hardest part of this exercise will be getting a look at the underside of the pill bug! Try placing a few of them in a see-thru plastic container and viewing from below to catch a glimpse of the legs and antennae.|
Did You Know?
A Bug's Lie: This "Flik" Needs Legs To Stand On
The Picky Entomologist Reviews: Disney's A Bug's Life
This isn't really a review for Disney's A Bug's Life. But, as an educator, you can use this movie for a quick lesson in
insect anatomy. After teaching some of the insect basics (3 body parts, 6 legs, etc.) show a couple of minutes of the
movie in class and have students point out the places where Disney's representation of insects isn't quit on the money.
For example: remember Flik? The main character of the movie? He's the one who is on a journey to save the ant
colony from the grasshoppers. But he's only got 4 legs! Not 6. The rest of the ants have 4 legs as well. But the
designs are inconsistent. The evil grasshoppers are made to spec, 6 legs and all. What about some of the other insects?
Do they have the right number of legs? And hey, should there be that many males in an ant colony?
There are lots of things for the junior entomologist to watch out for in this movie. Do these inconsistencies make it a bad film? Of course not! It's just a cartoon! Plus, it gets kids excited about insects. But looking for the "errors" in this popular movie can be a fun exercise.
The Entomology Department will be present with displays, insects, and information at the following events and
locations in Summer 2001:
2001 Raven Run Night Insect Walk
|Each Summer, the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology hosts the Night Insect Walk at Raven Run. This year, the date is Friday, July 27th. The fun begins at 8:30 pm. Come along for insect activities, the insect petting zoo, and, of course, a nocturnal trip into the wilds of Raven Run for up-close-and-personal arthropod encounters!|
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Centipede and roly-poly photos courtesy of R. Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky
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