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Life in the trees: leaf munchers, sap suckers and twig mimicsFeatured science project

Materials

  1. White bed sheet
  2. Stick
  3. Access to 3 different species of trees with branches that can be reached
  4. Collecting vials available from a biological supply company (plastic or glass; plastic is lighter    weight and less expensive) - at least 15 vials (5 vials per tree)
  5. Bag to carry vials 
  6. Tweezers
  7. A sheet of cardboard, approximately 6 x 6 (to place insect on for observation)
  8. Sewing pins
  9. Access to a refrigerator or large cooler with ice
  10. Magnifying lens or dissection microscope (at least 10X)-  Plastic and glass hand lenses as well as Sherlock Holmes magnifiers are available in a range of prices from biological supply companies ($2-$40)
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    Complexity level:
    7
    Project cost ($):
    15
    Time required:
    You will need time to locate three different species of trees, collect insects from the trees and bring them home for identification using a key. You will need time to settle down the insects for handling. It will also take time to learn to use a key.
    Material availability:
    Safety concerns:

    Be careful with biting, stinging or spraying insects!  Follow the procedure for handling insects.