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Insect Collection


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Insect Collection

Learners use several types of insect sampling and collection equipment to make an insect collection. Learners can collect insects from their schoolyard or yard at home. Insect collections are a good way to estimate the abundance and number of species in an area. This can be a longterm project over a period of days or weeks.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2 Quadrats: 1 square meter
  • Beating sheet
  • Sweep net
  • 2 Aerial nets
  • 4-8 Plastic vials
  • Plastic Ziplock gallon bags
  • Glassine envelopes or triangles for butterflies and dragonflies (wax paper would suffice)
  • Soft forceps
  • Data labels with student name, date
  • Sharpie markers for labeling plastic bags

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Collecting
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Hill, Ryan; VanderSal, Nicole; Purcell, Alison

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Berkeley Natural History Museums and the Regents of the University of California, ©2011

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