Monday, January 25, 2016

Homeschool Entomology resources

NC State general entomology course materials

We ordered the following books:

How to Know the Insects (Pictured Key Nature Series) 3rd Edition

The Insects: An Outline of Entomology 3rd Edition

and are using this app

For ethical reasons, we are substituting catching, identifying, photographing and releasing insects rather than collecting them.

We are using the Purdue university 4H flashcards to sort and practice identifying insects to order level

We also purchased several sets of toy insects, plus whatever was lurking in my daughter's room, and practiced identifying them to order level. (This is also helpful in sorting "insect" and "not insect", since about half the creatures in our sets that were labeled "insects" were arachnids or annelids)

There is also an app for this

So far, we have kept/observed the following live insects/arachnids. Most of these are insects that we have friends who keep as feeders or pets, so we could get some for a short time and have a place to send them back to. The house spider volunteered to be observed by crawling across the floor and attracting the cat's attention. He'll eventually be released into a closet or some other safe place to be a spider without four legged predators around.

Mealworms/Darkling beetles Tenebrio molitor


Superworms/beetles-Zophobas morio 

House cricket-Acheta domesticus
Lesser Wax Moth (Achroia grisella)

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)
Brown House Spider (Steatoda grossa)

We also observed and did a behavior lab with isopods:
Pillbugs (Armadillidium vulgare)

Online virtual dissections


Lab instructions


Lab instructions 

We ordered these arthropod models from Amazon to build and compare
Tarantula model

Scorpion model

Lab instructions-
Hissing cockroach behavior lab

Animal behavior using arthropods

Isopod behavior (AP Bio lab)

Labs for Mealworms:
Virtual lab  

Behavior labs 
Elementary level lab using mealworms and earthworms 

Cricket lab activities
Virtual cricket lab
Worksheet to accompany virtual lab

Cricket ethology lab
Cricket behavior lecture 

Scarab Beetles and Hercules Beetles

Hercules Beetle anatomy model

Drosophila breeding/genetics lab. 

E-mind fly (subscription)


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