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Arthropod Identification

What makes a beetle a beetle? How does a beetle behave? And what on Earth does a beetle have in common with a lobster? These activities can help your students develop an understanding of arthropods and learn techniques for observing arthropods in the field. They are designed will inspire budding entomologists and help squeamish students learn to appreciate the world's largest group of animals.

Article Responsible Collecting Collecting specimens is necessary for studying and documenting new species—making responsible collecting all the more importa... Educator Materials Name That Critter Can you name the mystery arthropod named for its hundred-some legs? More important, do you know what physical and behavioral... Educator Materials Arthropod Jeopardy Answer: This arthropod may not be welcome at picnics, but it does help clean up the world by eating dead insects. Question: W... Educator Materials Describing and Understanding Organisms At a loss for words when it comes to explaining your biodiversity findings in the classroom, field, or lab? Increase your voc... Article Collecting Arthropod Specimens What's the best way to catch an arthropod in the field—aerial netting, beating, or pitfall trapping? Actually, the answer is... Article Sorting Arthropods for Identification Identifying arthropods is a challenge—even for someone who spends his days identifying Australian ground spiders at the museu... Article Maintaining an Arthropod Collection Because dragonfly wings tend to lose their iridescence soon after they are killed, hazardous chemicals are sometimes used to... Educator Materials How to Set up Guest Quarters for Visiting Arthropods Learn how to turn a soda bottle, plastic shoe box, or small aquarium into spiffy guest quarters for tarantulas, milkweed bugs... Image Gallery Arthropod Morphology From metamorphosis and types of antennae to the parts of a spider and a grasshopper, take an illustrated look at arthropod mo...