Documentation:Bug Lifecycles and Identification

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Introduction

Figure 1. Plastic insect lifecycles and insect ID books.

This kit is for introducing students to insect life cycles and biodiversity in British Columbia (BC). All insects in the collection were found in BC and pinned by students in Applied Biology 327 - Introduction to Entomology. There are no set guidelines or lesson plans completed yet, however we have compiled some different resources that may be useful depending on how you would like to use items in the kit:

  1. https://smile.oregonstate.edu/sites/smile.oregonstate.edu/files/lesson_1_biodiversity.pdf
  2. https://www.nsta.org/using-insect-biodiversity-build-basic-skills
  3. https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/invent-an-insect
  4. https://www.otffeo.on.ca/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/07/Grade-6-Lessons-Biodiversity.pdf

Outreach Kit Materials

The kit is located in MacMillan 102 in a blue tote, please contact the APBI Technician to get access. Items include:

  1. "Bugs of British Columbia" ID book by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon (Fig. 1)
  2. "Butterflies of British Columbia" ID book by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon (Fig. 1)
  3. Butterfly, Honey Bee, Ant, and Ladybug insect lifecycle figurines (Fig. 1)
  4. Various types of insects (unidentified) pinned and arranged for viewing (Fig. 2)
  5. Small magnifying viewing containers
    Figure 2. Collection of pinned insects glued to acrylic boxes for easy viewing and minimal damage by students. The collection was entirely student collected.