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  • Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show the differences among insects, centipedes, and spiders.
  • Point out and name the main parts of an insect.
  • Collect and mount 50 different species.* Include 6 orders and 18 families of insects. Label each with common and scientific names where possible.
  • Describe the things that distinguish each of the families and orders in your collection.
  • Show your collection.
  • Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they are different.
  • Raise a butterfly or moth from a caterpillar.
  • Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary insects.
  • Collect and watch an ant colony or a beehive. Tell that you saw.
  • From your collection, identify:
    1. Four species of insects helpful to people. Tell how they are helpful.
    2. Six species of harmful insects. Tell how they can be controlled.
  • Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.

* Some insects are endangered species and are protected by federal and state law. Be sure to check in advance to make sure that anything you collect is not protected.

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