School-age 2

Exploring Bugs and Insects
November 2019


This year our group has been very interested in everything bugs. For the PD Day this month we arranged a trip to the Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge! They were very helpful and even took some of the bugs out for us to look at and touch.

The first bug our instructor Maddy took out was called a Thorny Devil stick insect named Teresa. She had long legs and a long body too, she can grow up 15cm in length! Emily asked what the 2 pointy things on Teresa's bottom were, Maddy explained that it’s called an ovipositor, it helps her lay eggs. When Teresa is ready, she will climb down to the ground and stick her ovipositor in soft soil then lay her eggs and leave them, similar to a sea turtle.


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Next, she brought out another. She had the children guess what the insect or bug was before telling the children. Aysia, Emily and Angelina said it was a millipede but somewhere Maddy heard someone say a centipede. That led to a discussion about the difference between the two. Centipedes have pinchers and with eat other small insects and critters, while millipedes don’t bite and eat mostly decaying plants. We also learned that Millie is technically not an insect but a myriapod which is also under the ‘umbrella’ of arthropods, similar to spiders or crustaceans.


The last bug she took out was a madagascar hissing cockroach named Chuck. We learned that these cockroaches suck in air through openings in their bodies and push it out really fast to make the hissing noise. They hiss when they’re startled, scared, or to communicate with other cockroaches. Emily told a story about how her and Aysia found out at school once, Maddy let us know that some other insects might look similar but cockroaches like Chuck don’t live in North America.


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We explored so many topics with Maddy, one being how bugs protect themselves, Alexis mentioned camouflage, while other answered, teeth/biting, shells, and poison. Maddy told us that some bugs will release a toxin or poison through their skins to warn predators not to eat them.

This was an exciting opportunity for our group to get to explore these insects. Some of us even faced our fears, Tamara did not want to go near any of them at first but she managed to gather up the courage to touch each one of the bugs!





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Tracey Ruppenthal, RECE
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