Arthropod Activity

Arthropod Activity - tab.) Activity: 1. For 5-10 minutes,...

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Arthropod Activity For this activity you will need: 1. Notetaking materials. 2. A live insect such as a beetle, ant, cricket, grasshopper or butterfly. Find one in your backyard or on campus. In the winter, insects are most active during the warmest part of the day. If you turn on your porch light at night, you can watch the insects on your screen. 3. An arthropod - sow bug (roly-poly), millipede or centipede. These organisms can be found in leaf litter on a forest floor such as the Natural Area Teaching Lab which is West and Southwest of the ENY building. These organisms can also be found near buildings in moist areas like mulch or under bushes close to a house or under rocks, stepping stones, and old bricks. Note: If you are unable to find #3, then you can get a shrimp, lobster or whole crab from the grocery store. (Now is a great time to invite a buddy to have a nice seafood dinner with you. After all, this is a class assignment. Hey, maybe mom and dad could pick up the
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Unformatted text preview: tab.) Activity: 1. For 5-10 minutes, observe the insect. Pay close attention to the way it moves and what it looks like. If you're brave, pick up the insect and hold him it your hand. (Please dont attempt this if you insect is a fire ant, bee, or wasp.) 2. Write down your observations. Be sure to include notes about the antennal movements, the feet and leg movements, the ways the wings fold or flap, characteristics of the head, and type of mouthparts. Why do you think they move this way? (defense, grooming, for speed, etc.) Does your specimen seem adapted for a certain habitat? (aquatic, terrestrial, arboreal) Why would its structure make it more able to survive? 3. Compare the insect and the other animal (non-insect arthropod) you have. How are they different from each other (list at least six differences)? o Is there a different type of body arrangement? How are they different from you (list at least six differences)?...
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