Bugscope QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. By: Elizabeth Burke My original bug drawing Bugscope Pictures QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. • The microscope let us look at the extreme details of bugs. Looking at this picture we can see the hair on the lady bug the veins and much more. This use of technology allowed us to use our observation skills while looking at the bugs. There is definitely a difference between my drawing and the lady bug claw. You can see much more detail in the claw. My picture was from a birds eye view. My new drawing although still not as detailed as bug scope has a better representation of what the lady bug actually looks like. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Real ladybug QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Updated drawing Bugscope picture of ladybug claw •http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/members/2007005/#top Interesting Facts • 500 different kinds of ladybugs in U.S. & 5000 species world wide • Come in all different colors: reds, yellows, orange, gray, black, brown and • • • • • • • even pink and Males are larger than female. Ladybugs appear as half-spheres, tiny, spotted, round or oval-shaped domes Have short legs and antennae Live where insect pest populations are high like in crop fields and gardens Sense foods with their antennas Ladybugs eat Aphids which suck juice out of plants. Also feed on scale insects and plant mites. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/ladybug.html More Interesting Facts • Three lifecycles of ladybugs: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult • Generally complete their life cycle within one year. • Average lifespan is 2-3 years. Ladybugs have two pairs of • • • • • wings exoskeleton elytra wings and flying wings Ladybugs Protect themselves with their colors on their bodies or by playing dead: the colors can warn of danger such as poisonous or bad taste Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans but, they can have toxic effects on some animals Different ladybugs have different numbers of spots. They don't get more spots as they get older, nor do they lose spots Do not feed or breed in the house (http://www.ladybuglady.com/) NSES, Technology, Books, Cross Curricular Activities • National Science Education Standard: Life Science K-4: They should develop • • • an understanding of 1) The characteristics of organisms. Bugscope is a perfect way for students to better understand the characteristics of bugs because they are able to see the details of the bugs magnifided. Technologies Involved: It was great to be able to see the details with the use of the electron, virtual microscope on Bugscope. This technolgy allows the students to get up close and personal with the bugs. They are able to see bugs in a whole new way, the detail is immense and it allows students to see what bugs really look like. I think it is great too because the learning is student centered as they are the ones talking to the “bug experts” and asking their own questions. 3 Literature Sources 1) The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle 2) Eye Spy a Ladybug by Melinda Lily 3) Ten Little Lady Bugs by Melanie Gerth Cross Curricular: There are many ways to incorporate Bug Scope across curriculum beyond science. Math class would be a perfect time to explore the use of scales so that the students can understand just how much the bugs we will be seeing are magnified. A writing workshop after Bugscope based on the life of a bug from their perspective could be a great way for students to get creative and use their imagination after seeing what the bugs do look like up close.