A Simple Way to Tell Insects Apart

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Did you know an insect has unique mouthparts based on what and how it eats? This is a simple way to identify the order an insect belongs to. Watch a video that explains the interesting world of insect mouthparts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring some insects into the classroom and have pupils look at their mouth parts under a microscope or magnifying glass
  • Delve deeper into what each mouth-parted insect eats
Classroom Considerations
  • Fits best into a study of taxonomy or insect identification
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