Kingdom of Bugs
Picture this: You see a tiny twig on the ground in front of you. But wait, is it really a twig, or is it a stick insect? What about that green thing—leaf, or 6-legged katydid? All around the world, insects use camouflage to hide from or trick their predators to avoid being eaten. Some blend in with their natural surroundings, while others create disguises to scare their enemies. Today, you'll attempt to find these clever creatures in hiding and understand why and how they transform.
Ask About Today
What are some insects that use camouflage? What are different ways insects and animals can use camouflage to protect themselves?
If you could transform yourself to camouflage with anything in your environment, what would it be?
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Start today by making a list of insects and animals that you already know use camouflage. Then dive into the activities below to find out more.
Masters of Disguise
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We're halfway through our week as entomologists, and as you know, one of the most important parts of entomology is observing nature's creatures in action.
Today, you'll create a critter keeper. First, grab your clear container or jar. Make sure to punch holes in the lid so your critters can breathe. Next, head outside and fill your jar with dirt, leaves, twigs, and other things that might keep a bug happy. Take a look around or a walk around the block (with adult permission) and catch an insect to place in your critter keeper. (Spiders, ants, beetles, ladybugs, worms—who else is living on your block?) Observe them and take notes on their behavior. When you're done, release them back into the wild.
Today, we're all about hiding.
Practice Your Camouflage Skills
What would it take to hide... inside? Imagine you're an insect trying to stay hidden in your home. How would you do it? Would you wear brown, like a stickbug, and stand against a door of the same color? Or drape yourself in blankets and hide in plain sight, on the bed? Look around for clothes or household items that you could use to blend in, then see how hidden you can get!
Hide and Seek
Get in the true camouflage mindset and play a few rounds of hide and seek with your family.