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Bark Beetle Infestation Investigation: Estimation and Pheromones

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    Mount Holyoke College

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Bark Beetle Infestation Investigation: Estimation and Pheromones

This activity investigates how bark beetles can threaten forests by having learners estimate the number of infected trees from a photo. Learners also think about how pheromones could be used to trap the beetles. The activity is written for a kit that can be checked out of a library, but the kit is not necessary.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Copies of photographs (in PDF)
  • Notebooks
  • Pens or pencils
  • Bottle of air wick


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Agricultural Engineering
    • Technology
      • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Probability
    • Measurement
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • smell

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Shaw, Maisie; Gomez, Maria


  • All Rights Reserved, Passport to Chemistry Adventure Program, Mount Holyoke College, ©2010

Funding Source:

  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


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