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Insects -- Study and teaching

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View Resource Alien Empire

Monarch butterfly migration, termite fortresses, and the fleeting life of a mayfly are just a few of the topics covered at this educational site from PBS. "Alien Empire" is the title of a recently aired program on insects, part of PBS's series Nature. The interactive Website presents short Flash animations on insect behavior and lifecycles, puzzles and activity ideas for kids, teacher resources,...

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alien-empire-introduction/340...
View Resource Insects.org

This site is designed to "help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures." It includes stunning photos grouped by order, several articles dealing with insects and their role in human culture, and links to other insect related sites. Particularly interesting are the butterfly wing patterns in...

https://www.insects.orkin.com/
View Resource The Antlion Pit: A Doodlebug Anthology

This Web site, edited by Mark Swanson, is "a collection of resources related to the fascinating antlion, or doodlebug." In addition to providing general information about antlions, this site contains "videos of antlion feeding behavior and metamorphosis, as well as information on how and where to find antlions." Frequently updated, the site recently added the Doodlebug Oracle, which answers...

https://www.antlionpit.com/
View Resource Buscope

The Bugscope project, offered through the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, allows K-12 classrooms to remotely operate a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in real time from a classroom computer to create incredibly cool images of insects and other "bugs" at high magnification. Detailed instructions for scheduling a session and...

http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/
View Resource Garden Butterflies Count

UK-based Butterfly Conservation presents the preliminary results of the Garden Butterfly Count (GBC), which enlisted the help of private residents to survey backyard butterflies and moths. Over 11,000 completed survey forms were returned to Butterfly Conservation at the end of the 2002 season, and the Web site provides a brief look at early results and analysis. The information is presented for a...

https://butterfly-conservation.org/
View Resource Bugs!

Lovers of nature documentaries have reason to celebrate with Bugs!, a new "live-action nature drama filmed in awe inspiring, totally immersive 3D," now showing at IMAX theaters all over. The Web site offers loads of cool features, including a fun trailer for the movie, and extensive image gallery, and a detailed look at the making of the movie. The Web site and the movie trailer are available in...

http://skfilms.ca/productions/bugs-a-rainforest-adventure/
View Resource Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is a name synonymous with ants, sociobiology, and biodiversity. And it's a name that more often than not appears with a mile-long list of accolades trailing it. The University of Alabama offers a more personable introduction to this celebrated scientist, one of the University's most distinguished alums (1). The next site is the homepage of the Department of Entomology at Harvard's...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/ls/2003/0822
View Resource Insect Pheromones: Mastering Communication to Control Pests

This National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Web site contains an interesting, in-depth article on the use of insect pheromones in pest management. The article is one of many from Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit; a NAS-sponsored series designed to demonstrate "how science works by illustrating how basic research produces knowledge that can lead to practical results of human...

http://www.nasonline.org/publications/beyond-discovery/insec...
View Resource University of Wisconsin Entomology Department: Insect Research Collection

The University of Wisconsin-Entomology Department's impressive Insect Research Collection (IRC) represents close to 70 years of work by professional and amateur entomologists in Wisconsin. The Collection "contains about one million pinned and preserved insects with primary geographic emphasis on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region." The primary orders represented in the IRC are Lepidoptera,...

http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/irc/index.html
View Resource University of Illinois Extension-Schools Online: Let’s Talk About Insects

Let’s Talk About Insects is a fun educational program designed for nine to 11-year-old students by Schools Online at the University of Illinois Extension. The program utilizes numerous slides with cartoon-like illustrations, photographs, text, and audio narration to explore the world of insects. The program was developed to help students “gain an appreciation of insects; learn how insects grow and...

http://extension.illinois.edu/insects/index.cfm