A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast. He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting. Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks. Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out. How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it? Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery, then watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing earth as they go. Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts. Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear? Why not become a beast creator? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super strong aphid. You’ll be a hero.
Set on: Friday 4th February
Due in: Wednesday 9th February
Next week, we will be editing our narratives.
We have talked about how we proof-read our own writing in lesson, but look at the following page on BBC Bitesize and complete the activities one and two on there.
Once you have done this, edit and improve the diary entries given to you.
Is it a twig or an insect? Well, both, kind of - it's an insect that looks just like a twig and acts like one too!
Mrs Treleaven has bought some stick insect eggs to watch them hatch, grow and mature.
Hopefully, we will raise 8-10 Indian Stick Insects (Carausius morosus) from tiny eggs. The hatching can occur at any time from arrival (14/12/2021) up to 2 months.
When they hatch, we will be feeding the insects fresh bramble leaves, privet or ivy. Feeding occurs at night, when the insects are active. During the day, they rest (often with legs in line with the body) on their food plants.
Eventually, they will moult and grow into adult stick insects in their airy habitat that we have in class.
Our little pets will live for around 12 months and will start laying eggs once they reach maturity at around 5-6 months old, so watch this space as there may be opportunity for parents to request an insect to take home and keep!
These Stick Insects are not native to the UK, therefore they cannot be released into nature.
They are a species of Phasmatodea (phasmid). Like the majority of the Phasmatodea, they are nocturnal. The females can reproduce without mating.
When disturbed, the major defence method is faking death, the body becoming rigid, and the legs held along the line of the body. Other times, they may be found swaying (which looks like dancing) to mimic the movement of foliage in wind.