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  • In this activity, students use the web resource ‘What is this bug?’ from Landcare Research to identify an insect. This easy-to-use web page allows students to learn more about insects.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • navigate around the Landcare Research ‘What is this bug’ site to identify various insects
    • gain confidence in their observation skills as they describe an insect’s identifiable features
    • better appreciate the variety of insects in their local area.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension ideas.

    Related content

    Explore What’s so special about insects?, Insects – physical characteristics and Aquatic insect life to find out more about insects.

    Discover the wide range of our resources on insects, or explore the range of content under our invertebrates topic.

    In the Connected article City of bugs, students teamed up with a scientist to find out which ecosystem in their city had the most invertebrates.

    Learn about bringing insects into your classroom in our PLD webinar All about insects featuring entomologists Dr Chrissie Painting and Tom Saunders.

    Use iNaturalist to help identify insects. Find out more how to use this citizen science project in your teaching.

    Activity ideas

    Moths – learn how to collect moths and how to rear them to observe their life cycle. Watch a video on rearing moths and then write a ‘how to’ guide in Rearing insects.

    Make a wanted poster – enhance observation and scientific drawing skills.

    In Insect mihi, students write a formal introduction for an insect species including its relationship to other animals and the land.
      Published 30 April 2009, Updated 13 December 2011 Referencing Hub articles
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