Insect ID 101

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conference: Bug catchers grab your nets!  Our very special guest, Tasmanian Entomologist, Shasta Henry will lead these engaging sessions. Get up close and personal with some fabulous insects to appreciate their various  Discuss the different features on some of Dr. Henry’s  favourite insects and how to distinguish them from similar species. (Image: Shasta Henry)

Year Level: F – 2

Duration: 1 hour

 STEM in a box:

You will receive hands-on materials and a teacher guide for this session.

Background Information:

More than one million different species of insect have been described to date. They are the most abundant group of animals in the world and live in almost every habitat. Insects have lived on earth for more than 350 million years. Entomology is crucial to our understanding of human disease, agriculture, evolution, ecology and biodiversity.

Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge needed.

Learning Intentions:

In this program students will:

  • Learn to spot the differences between pairs of commonly mistaken insects
  • Gain an understanding of insect bodily parts and their functions


In this program students will:

  • Observe a number of Sashta’s favourite insects and bugs and learn what distinguishes them
  • Categorise a verity of insect stickers into their very own bug box
  • Use hand movements to replicate insect wing folding and eating behaviours
  • Create their own insect by selecting from a range of common insect body parts

Victorian curriculum:

Science – Biological sciences

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs including food, water and shelter are met (VCSSU042)

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