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Mrs. Drinks’ class collects insects

When Mrs. Drinks’ 7th grade Life Science class at King George Middle School went outside to collect insects, we had loads of fun finding all of the different insects! We caught anywhere from tiny little crickets to big Praying Mantises. Mrs. Misch, the King George County 4H Officer, helped us find, identify, and classify the insects. The most interesting of the insects we caught was the Praying Mantis, a green moth, and the Leaf Bug. No spiders though. They’re not insects, they’re arachnids!

We did this insect hunt because in science class, we were doing a unit on them and all different sorts of bugs, bugs, and more bugs! We worked on this subject/unit for about three days. We learned all about the different parts of them and even got to look at some under a digital microscope, seeing parts of them we had never seen before!

The classes all together caught about 75-150 insects. We caught two male Praying Mantises and two females. We took one female and male and put them in a cage and after about a week we had discovered an egg sack!

But the mystery was that we couldn’t find the male in either of the cages. Hmmmmm… It turns out that after the couple mate, the female eats the male’s head so he can’t move at all then eats the body later for the protein.

After we had all the fun we thought we could have, then comes along the pinning process! This was my favorite part of the whole project because we got to see all the bugs we caught when we went outside. This process was fun for MOST people but some, eh, not so much.

This project was my favorite one so far this year and I hope we get to do something like this next year in 8th grade with the other classes!

—Submitted by Nick Dean,
7th grader at KGMS

 

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