Transcript Bugscope

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By: Elizabeth
My original bug drawing
Bugscope Pictures
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• 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.
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Real ladybug
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Updated drawing
Bugscope picture of ladybug claw
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
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.
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
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.