Bug Hunter (Science World)
Did you know that while all bugs are insects, not all insects are bugs? Learn more about "true bugs," whose characteristics include defensive glands that produce and release foul smells.
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This online article is from the Museum's Science Explorations, a collaboration between AMNH and Scholastic designed to promote science literacy. Written for students in grades 6-10, this article from Science World magazine has the following content.
- An interview with AMNH entomologist Toby Schuh, in which he discusses his study of stinkbugs and his work on the Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (PBI), a database of information about 10,000 species of plant bugs
- Web links that offer further opportunities for learning about true bugs
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of life science with an activity drawn from this online Science Explorations article.
- Send students to this online article, or print copies of it for them to read.
- Working individually or in groups, have students learn more about true bugs and the PBI by visiting http://research.amnh.org/pbi/bugs/true_bugs.html.