Where does THAT go?

It’s all about putting things in the proper order.

We are not talking about things in my house, because nothing in my house is in proper order. It’s hopeless…

What we are talking about today is Classification of animals.  Insects to be exact.  We all love those creepy crawlies!   If you don’t, then you can’t be my friend.

In Apologia Biology, Experiment 12.2 is all about classifying.  There are six insects to classify.  That’s SIX out of  4,000,000 different kinds of insects.  Isn’t that exciting!?  Makes me want to jump for joy…NOT!

So, I came up with a better plan.  I cancelled the experiment, the write-up, and did something else.  I would say it was completely different, but it wasn’t.

I found at a local school supply store pictures of insects meant for a bulletin board.  It had all kinds of pretty bugs!  There was even a roach!  As I was punching out the insects to be laminated,  I said, “It would be really cool if there was a Palmetto Bug in here too.”  The clerk said, “You know, I think you are the only person I have ever heard that say Palmetto Bugs were cool.”

Before class, I looked through the bugs and made labels using 3″ x 9″ flash cards.   The labels listed all the orders needed for the insects, plus the Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Arthrodoa; and Class: Insecta.

The Order is what we are interested in.  The students placed the Order flash cards on the window and then proceeded to classify the insects.  I read from the textbook and reference books, the characteristic of each bug.    Then the students had to decide where the insect was to be placed.

The finished project looks like this.  The Kingdom, Phylum, and Class should be above the Orders.

This assignment was to help the students learn to classify insects and to prepare them for the upcoming insect collecting assignment.  There are more insect orders that are not listed in the book, so I told the students to do some research to find what order their bug is in.

I don’t want them to only use Wikipedia.  That is the lazy man’s way of doing things.  I have used it many times myself, but we won’t talk about that.

I recommend my favorite all time insect book, Florida’s Fabulous Insects as a reference.

I also recommend:  Bug Guide and Insecta.  Just Google your state and insects.  You’ll get lots of great links.  Also, don’t forget your library!

You are probably thinking, “OK so, where do I fit in?”  That’s no problem at all.  Simply look at the above board,  select your class, and Wah-lah you have it!

You are a beautiful butterfly or a true bug or anything you like.  If you want to be a Blattaria, then so be it.  I won’t judge.

FYI:  Balttaria in Latin means “insect that shuns the light”.

More FYI:  Orders: Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, coleoptera,  Orthoptera and Diptera, (as listed in the Apologia book) have the same suffix ptera.  Ptera means “winged” in Greek.  Thanks to Melanie for all her Greek and Latin braininess.

Some helpful posts:


5 responses to “Where does THAT go?

  1. Well, it was nice knowing you. I’m sorry we can’t be friends anymore but I really can’t say that I love creepy crawly things. Especially when they are in my house. I don’t mind looking at photos or watching them in glass habitats. But I don’t want to touch them. Goodbye.

  2. Oooh! Oooh! I have a bug question!

    We got some ladybug larvae in the mail this weekend. We realized that we have seen these little buggies around before, but had no idea that they were larval ladybugs. Question: Do all beetles go through the eggs, larvae, pupa, beetle stages? Or just certain ones?

    The transformation is amazing. I don’t understand how people can know even the tiniest bit about biology and think we evolved from sludge.

    Thanks Bug Lady!

    • Yes, they all go through the eggs, larvae, pupa, adult stage. Ladybird Beetles (Ladybugs) get their name from the Middle Ages when they were associated with the Virgin Mary. I don’t know why.

      Ladybugs fall under the Kingdom Animalia; Phylum Arthopoda; Class Insecta; Order Coleoptera. Coleo = sheath and Ptera = wing, so Coleoptera means “Sheath Wing”.

      The bright colors are a warning sign to birds and other predators, because the Ladybug has toxic blood. Yum-yum…

      Ladybugs love aphids, which is why many gardeners will order the bugs through the mail and set them free in their gardens. Since these cute little creatures have a taste for aphids, it may be the reason for some of their names, “Lord’s Herdsman” or “Indra’s Herdsman”. Cool huh?

      I got the above information from Florida’s Fabulous Insects, Apologia Biology textbook, Ladybug Life Cycle and my brain.

      Go here to find really nice clipart ladybugs to color. If you print them on watercolor paper and paint with watercolors, it turns out really, really pretty.

      Ok, so that was way more than you asked out loud, but I knew you were really asking more in your head.

      Hope that helps!

      PS. Florida has over 100 species of Ladybugs. 🙂

      • Not Inadequate

        I was asking more in in head, how did you know?

        So even the rhinocerous beetle and the giraffe beetle and all those guys go through this change? Amazing. Thanks for the links! We are Very Into Ladybugs around here.

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