Macroinvertebrates - Aquatic Insects of the Wetlands

Macroinvertebrates - Aquatic Insects resources:

Field Guide to Insects Stream bugs Stream Study Stream Team
Life in a mainstream Key to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Macroinvertebrate ID Activity Classification of Living Things
Organism Menu - Ecology Study WOW! Benthologic Images Virtual Pond Dip
Electronic Naturalist Water Quality modules Water strider robots & real Stream Flow
Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates Benthic Macroinvertebrates in freshwater
Guide to Identification of Fresh Water Microorganisms Aquatic insect 'family trees' provide clues about sensitivity to pollution
Water Science for Schools USGS Aquatic insects - facts Dragonfly video @ teachertube
Macroinvertebrate Feeding Frenzy Freshwater macroinvertebrates resources

Things to know:

Insects are: Vertebrates or Invertebrates? Ectotherms or Endotherms? Autotrophs or Heterotrophs?

water strider image Label the parts of an insect: Print

antennae, eye, head, thorax, exoskeleton, abdomen, legs (attached to abdomen) & wings.

boatman Identify true bugs, true flies, and beetles.

stoneflie Explore the Metamorphosis of Macroinvertebrates using the Slide Show at Masterbug Theatre.

Select an Aquatic Insect. Diagram its life cycle. Show the stages. egg, larva, nymph, pupa, and adult.

dragon Learn to recognize several wetland insects - powerpoint presentation.

How are they critical to the wetland ecosystem?


Water Quality

Predator, prey, Both

Mayflies - pict & facts



Dragonflies - larva / pict & facts



Damselflies - pict and facts



Stoneflies - pict & info



Dobsonfly - (larva hellgrammite) pict & facts



Water striders - photo & facts more facts



Water Boatmen - pict and facts



Diving Beetles - look for info



Whirligig Beetles - look for info



Caddisflies - look for info



Black flies - look for info



Crane flies - look for info



cattails Wetlands: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Macroinvertebrates - Aquatic insects / Plants & trees / Amphibians / Conclusions

Food Web Relationships | Wetland Ecology Vocabulary Exercise | Mammal Morphology compare - contrast

Collecting Data Activity pdf / doc. | Citizen Science Projects - collect some data | Riparian Buffers - investigate

Evaluate your State's Ecosystem / Just Ducky - crossword puzzle / Name that Duck practice / Wetland Ecology Dilemmas

Wetlands Photos: page 1 - page 2 - page 3 - page 4 / Lentic or Lotic ecosystem / Digital Science Journal

Competition conundrums: Double-crested Cormorant OR Canada Goose / Environmental Issue Video Project

Wetland Poem Project / Wetland or Frog Song activity / Wetlands Issues eGame - pbl / Eagles Status Evaluation

Bats are our Buddies / Bats at the Beach Activity / Water Wars / Water & Watershed Studies

Monitor Wetland / Firefly Watch - fun summer project / Fields, Meadows & Fencerows EcoStudy

PA HS Envirothon | Environmental Inquiry


Internet Hunts / Nature / Computer Volunteering / Computer / Puzzles and Projects / Home

Habitat Garden / Bluebird Project / Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Mania / Plants and People / Best Treat Of All

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