Second grade entomologists are studying invertebrates. We reviewed the body parts of an insect (head, thorax, and abdomen), and the stages of complete metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, and adult). At the lab tables, we observed mealworms which are not worms at all, but the larval stage of darkling beetles. Beetles are insects and insects are arthropods. Mealworms like all kinds of foods, and some of their favorites have the word “meal” in them. Click here to watch the metamorphosis of a mealworm.
The cicadas are coming! The nymphs have spent 17 years underground, but soon a MASSIVE emergence of these insects will occur in the eastern United States. I experienced the invasion of the cicadas in Cincinnati the last time they arrived. It will be a sight that I will never forget! Click here to watch an informative video. Click here for additional information, including a map.