* Characteristics of organisms
* Life cycles of organisms
* Organisms and environments
* Structure and function in living systems
* Reproduction and heredity
* Regulation and behavior
* Populations and ecosystems
* Diversity and adaptations of organisms
* The cell
* Molecular basis of heredity
* Biological evolution
* Interdependence of organisms
* Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
* Behavior of organisms
An Insect Recipe
(from Audubon Institute: Eating Insects)
CHOCOLATE CHIRPIE CHIP COOKIES
by Kathy Gee and Julie Stephens
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup dry roasted crickets
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking
soda, and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar,
brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually
add flour mixture and insects; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Where to Buy
butterflies, crickets, and a variety of eggs.
Live insect kits and other supplies are available.
intrepid insects of the world fascinate, annoy, and benefit humankind.
From butterflies to bees to the lowly cockroach, insects are an
integral part of the natural environment, making their mark on
culture through rhyme and lore. Who can resist Jiminy Cricket,
a bug transformed into a wise intellectual who advises Pinocchio
and encourages kids to get the en-cy-clo-pe-di-a to find information?
Who hasn't chuckled at unsuspecting bugs planning an attack only
to be foiled by RAID?
fireflies to blink? Did you ever wonder about the origin of "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite?" Sleep
tight is a reference to the tightening of ropes that supported
on old beds and don't let the bed bugs bite refers to the critters
that sometimes lived in the wooden frame. Regardless of the reactions
by students, insect studies are a favorite in the classroom. Let's
delve into the insect world and see what we can learn.
Insect Starting Points
Entomology for Beginners
ones will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the simple
interactivity. By clicking on different parts
of an insect, they
will learn about its anatomy. Metamorphosis is demonstrated through
an animation showing the stages of butterfly development. "Simple
and elegant" is the best way to describe these pages that
are sure to please the young entomologist.
do you know about fleas? Most people know very little. However,
if you have pets it is important to understand how to prevent
flea infestations in your home. The more you know about fleas
and their life cycle, the better able you will be to protect
yourself and your pets from these pesky little bugs. Read
these 10 helpful facts about fleas to help understand and
prevent these pesky little
Insects on the Web
More than 90
stunning photographs and descriptions from 14 insect groups,
including ants, grasshoppers, and walking
the visitor to this site. Especially interesting is the section
on butterfly wing patterns. Roll your mouse over the picture
and the image changes from a circle to a wing shape. Click
on the image
and learn facts about the characteristics of the genus while
viewing a poster view of the patterns.
Iowa State University Entomology Department
notes about insect problems related to Iowa, and a
chat room highlight the Iowa Sate
University Entomology Department Web
site. Although the gallery does not present an exhaustive list
of insect images, the ones provided show spectacular close-ups
of the different species. Suggestions for the treatment of insect
infestations are contained in the notes section. Insect topics
can be discussed in the interactive chat room. High school students
would benefit most from this college entomology department.
Facts About Immature Fleas
fleas become the tiny, jumping insects you see on your
pet, the flea goes though several stages of flea “childhood.” Here
are some fun facts about a flea's life before it reaches
University of Kentucky Entomology Department
for solutions to pest problems? Want to know how to raise
crickets? Need some classroom activity and
lesson ideas? Check
out the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky.
Insect recipes, games, a bug calendar, and a bibliography
reading can be found in the For Kids section of the site. In
addition, there are several lessons and units from
which to choose and use
in the classroom, including flour beetles, termite trails, and
choose an insect. Art teachers will appreciate directions for
making paper mache insects and other craft items. This
is a wonderful
way to integrate science and art.
Wonderful World of Insects
navigate beyond the distracting advertisements and locate
the "Key to the Order of Insects" at the bottom
of the page, you will discover a wealth of information. Begin
an insect's anatomy by clicking on Pete the grasshopper. You
are transported to another area of the page where the specific
part is described. Each description is accompanied by a black-and-white
line drawing. Next, read an introduction to the various insect
orders. Many of these pages have links to other Web sites. Finally,
if you are contemplating keeping insects in the classroom, be
sure to review the care sheets that cover housing, feeding,
and other important facts.
Animal Planet Ant Cam
Get up close
and personal with a queen ant and her colony. Think about these questions like, "How
long do ants live?," "How much weight can a worker
carry?," and "Do
ants ever get lost?"
Bee Cam USDA
of bees are busy working on the honeycomb at this
Web site. Also included is information about bees and their impotance to pollination.
this camera remotely. Hunt down the white-eyed assassin bugs
identified by white spots on their wings. These insects can
be found throughout the world. They stalk their prey, then pounce
and inject a lethal dose of saliva through piercing mouthparts.
The enzymes in the saliva break down the food and assist with
Insects as Food
the unsavory thought of eating a bug, many cultures in
the world do eat insects as part of
their diet. In fact, insects can
be thought of as survival food when nothing else is available.
When my sister taught home economics one year, she introduced
the nutritional value of insects and had her students
prepare and sample
chocolate-covered ants as well as other delicacies.
Bug Food: Edible Insects
Audubon Institute: Eating Insects
as a source of nutrition and how they are considered
delicacies in many countries. Then, prepare and cook
some tasty treats like ants-on-a-log, bee bread, and
spider cake. Sounds
quite yummy, don't you think?
you know that many insects contain protein and
calcium? Check out the nutritional value
of various insects, and then try out
some tasty recipes also featured on The Tonight Show. Choose
from a variety of delectable offerings, including
bug blox with dry-roasted
leafhoppers, chocolate chirpies with dry-roasted crickets, and
corn borer cornbread muffins.
Listen to wing
vibrations, feeding sounds, and even a rice weevil larva in a wheat
kernel. The Center for Medical, Agricultural,
and Veterinary Entomology is developing methods for counting
and monitoring insect populations through acoustic technology.
sound samples are a result of their work.
Nature Sounds: Insects
cicadas, grasshoppers, and bees sing their songs in natural
settings. A brief description of where the
song was recorded and
a personal anecdote make you feel right at home.
Lessons and Activities
through a multimedia presentation based on the PBS miniseries Nature.
This companion site is loaded
with photographs, animations, sounds,
video, and interactive learning. Explore bee anatomy, the life cycle of
a monarch butterfly, and the hatching of mayflies. Solve
the insect scramble
puzzle and create masks from the accompanying patterns. Don't miss the
Enchanted Learning Printouts
Print all sorts of black-and-white insect drawings with labels and descriptions.
This is a wonderful resource when studying insects.
Insect Scavenger Hunt
Create your own scavenger
hunt by adapting some of the ideas from the Great Cultural Entomology
Scavenger Hunt developed by Dr. Leon Higley at the University
of Nebraska—Lincoln. His list consists of 50 topics to search, such
as dances involving insects, children's books about insects, and children's
songs involving insects. This scavenger hunt could serve as either a hook
or a culminating activity.
Most Wanted Bugs
Mug shots and rap sheets are posted by the Federal Bug Intelligence Agency.
Your job is to locate these notorious creepy crawlies and report them to
headquarters. Plan a lesson around this tongue-in-cheek site and enlist your
bug detectives to find and identify these villains in the wild. The FBIA
will be proud of them!
Using Live Insects in the Classroom
Insects are an excellent resource for science education. Many insects are easily maintained in the classroom and can happily thrive despite being handled and kept in captivity. The remarkable diversity in form and function of commonly found insects promotes interest and enthusiasm in observing the natural world. Insects can also be used to model a variety of scientific principles.
The objectives of this page are to give educators basic information about insects and ideas on how to use insects in the classroom.
It's time for a field trip. Grab those nets, jars, boxes, and magnifying
glasses. Stop by the media center and pick up an insect field guide.
Remember to take your digital camera or camcorder to document the
sights and sounds of your adventure. Be sure to take a journal to
record data and other findings. Dress appropriately for the weather
and the area where you will be hiking. And please, don't forget the