Dan Babbitt holding a Malayan Jungle Nymph (Heteropteryx dilatata). Image courtesy of Cameron Davidson.
The Arthropod Adaptations webcast was broadcast live March 13, 2014. The link to archived version of the 11am EST show is below.
Dan Babbitt is the Manager of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in exploring the lives of insects and other arthropods at the Insect Zoo. Look at insect adaptations in a new light, considering how they eat, how they move, and how they grow. Think about the characteristics of each species that help keep it alive in tough conditions. Probe into the mysteries of the cycles of insect life and death and consider why a cockroach is a good parent. Plan to work through any aversions you may have to insects and spiders by seeing through Dan's eyes how fascinating and unique they are.
PACKAGE OF RELATED RESOURCES
Use the related resources below to take your students on a journey to understand how experts care for and learn about insects. Design an assessment for your class.
Lessons Inquiry-based lessons that teachers prepare and facilitate in the classroom using everyday materials
- Factors that Might Affect the Mosquito Life Cycle Lesson from HHMI Biointeractive
- Everyone Knows an Ant Can't Activity sheet from Smithsonian Education
The Wowbug: Getting a Closer Look
Excerpt from an STC Program™ unit from the Smithsonian Science Education Center
Click-through Activities Online activities that students can complete independently on classroom computers or at home
- Forest Layers What insects and other other bugs can you find? From the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Literacy Resources Reading selections to boost science literacy
- Insect with Mechanical Gears Surprising Science from Smithsonian Magazine
- The Bugs Who Flew Too Much An Invasion of Ladybugs
Science Expert Role Models Links to inspiring science experts at the Smithsonian and beyond
- Dan Babbit Manager of the Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History
- Nathan Erwin Entomologist at the National Museum of Natural History
- George Venable Scientific Illustrator
- Dr. David Furth Collections Manager in Entomology
- Dr. Ted Schultz Curator of Hymenoptera (Ants)
At the National Museum of Natural History A window into what's available at the museum
- O. Orkin Insect Zoo Discover insects and other bugs
- Department of Entomology Browse specimens and illustrations
Q?rius Explore Q?rius, a new way to experience the research, collections, and science at the National Museum of Natural History.
- Q?rius Page on Pollination Featuring scientific experts from the National Museum of Natural History
- Collections Explore insects and other bugs in Q?rius, digitized for investigation from your classroom or at home.
From the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
- Finding Beetles in the Smithsonian's Backyard
- Ant Colony IQ: Just How Smart is an Ant?
- Ant Communication: Do Ants Use Smell to Talk?
- The Scientific Method: Will Ants Carry a Smithsonian Logo?
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
The Adaptation: Secret Lives of Bugs Webcast Package supports students in meeting the NGSS Performance Expectations listed below by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills. Click here for detailed alignment table.
MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-3 Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.
MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
MS-LS4-5 Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.