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Insects are the most diverse of all animals on earth!  There are over 1 million named species and estimates of up to 30 million species.  We are only just discovering the true value of these amazing and fascinating animals living in our environment.


Wanderer Butterfly on Milkweed

Aim:
Show the diversity of insects and other invertebrates.

Presentation:
Choose from either of our two environmental education programs below:



How many beetle species are there in the world?
Over 350,000 species

1). Bug Man’s Bug Box - Duration 1 hour
Present a range of live insects, spiders and other invertebrates showing the differences in morphology and the environments (habitats) in which they live.

2). Collection and Identification - Duration 3 hours
Looking at the biodiversity of insects and spiders.

* PowerPoint presentation showing the biodiversity of insects and spiders.

* Examination of an insect collection covering several orders (groups).

* Students collect their own insects to identify and classify to their respective insect orders.


            
UV Light Trap with example of some beetles and moths that were collected using this technique

Conclusion:
Our Environment is very unique with various habitats that support numerous animals and plants (Biodiversity) therefore giving rise to the need to look after our environment.  Insects are one of the most diverse and one of the most important groups on earth; for without insects there would be no us (humans).

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” 
― Edward O. Wilson
Source:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/31624.Edward_O_Wilson

For more information on the programs above or to discuss your specific requirements and to make a booking, please contact Stephen.

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