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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

Outdoors Report - October 30, 2013

Overview
Angler numbers are dropping, but that is a shame because fishing is incredible right now. Too bad hunting season is in!

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A few reminders for Muzzleloader season

This coming Saturday starts one of the most exciting times of the year for hunters. Muzzleloader season in our neck of the woods coincides with the pre-rut and the rut. Deer are very active during this period, and the woods are a very exciting place to be. Not only are turkey and squirrel scrounging for food before winter hits, but deer are feeding heavily, does are coming into heat, and bucks are starting to spar and chase does. Ifthere is a period of two weeks to be in the woods waiting on a chance at a nice deer, this is the time to do it.

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Outdoors Report - October 23, 2013

Overview
Anglers were few this week with all the rain that messed up the river. However, some anglers really made out well.

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Outdoors Report - October 16, 2013

Anglers were few this week with all the rain. The report is short as a result.

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Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported striper again at Hopyard. We also heard of good bass angling again before the river got muddy.

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Part 2: Where did all the crabs go? What about the predators?

Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series about where all the crabs have gone, something people ask every time they go looking to supply crabs for their crab feast.

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