【School Garden Project】All About Insects – The Third Chapter: Classification of Insects and their Feeding methods
Date:2016-06-13 Editor: Big Normal Small 】【Print Close

The 'All about Insects' series of the School Garden Project is coming to an end. In this final chapter of the series, volunteers from the School Garden Project led the students in a lesson to understand how insects are classified and their feeding methods. 

 

 

"If there is such a big difference between Butterflies and Beetles, how are they all insects? How do we distinguish Butterflies from Moths when they are so similar? What is the process of metamorphosis in insects?"

 

With these questions in mind, Brother Qiao Jia (volunteer from R&S Beijing) first helped the students to understand how insects are classified. There are 33 orders in the class of insects, and this lesson mainly focused on the two largest orders: Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. Coleoptera is the largest order of insects, and commonly refers to Beetles. Its distinct feature is that its front wings are hard, known as 'elytra'. Lepidoptera is the second largest order of insects, and refers to Butterflies and Moths, which are named so because of their scale-covered wings.

 

The lesson then progressed on to explain the difference between the commonly seen Butterfly vs. Moth. A moth's antennae are feathery or linear, while a butterfly's antennae are club-shaped, which helps the students to differentiate between the two similar insects using a professional perspective. Finally, using the Rhinoceros Beetle as an example, the students learned about how insects feed. 

 

Distinguishing between insects

 

Arranging the insects

 

Discussion in progress

 

Tools

 

Through the School Garden Project's 'All about Insects' series, the children embarked on a magical journey, overcoming their intial fear of insects and eventually developing a liking for these minibeasts. They are now willing to observe and understand more of nature's mysteries around them.

 

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