Giant Magnetic Insects

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  • Item #: LER6042
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by Learning Resources

Ages 5 - 9
Grades Kindergarten +

Large, beautiful magnets are realistically detailed (but not scary) to pique students’ curiosity.

  • Models insect characteristics and anatomy on your whiteboard — large enough for the whole class to see!
  • Offers anatomy details: Ant and bee divide into 3 pieces to show head, thorax and abdomen
  • Set features 10 insects: ant, bee, beetle, butterfly (measures 9"L x 9"H), dragonfly, grasshopper, ladybug, moth, praying mantis and wasp plus Activity Guide
  • Largest magnet (butterfly) measures approximately 9"L x 9"H

14-Piece set includes:

Ant* Grasshopper, Bee* Ladybug (ladybird), Beetle Moth, Butterfly Praying Mantis, Dragonfly Wasp, * Insects with 3-piece assembly of head, thorax, and abdomen

Insect Facts and Key Vocabulary
Insects are one of the most abundant and diverse groups of animals on the planet. There are over a million different species of insects and over half of the world’s living organisms are an insect of some type. Insects live in almost every type of habitat on the planet, even in the ocean and in the Arctic. Insects can be pests to both plants and animals, but their presence in food webs is critical. If all insects were eliminated from Earth, many plants and animals on the planet would die out as a result, since insects help pollinate plants and are a food source for so many other creatures. All insects have three main body parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen. The head usually contains two antennae that are wand-like sensory organs used in various ways by different insects. Insects use antennae to sense heat, detect sound, communicate, feel, smell, and taste. The thorax is the middle section of the insect where wings (if present) and legs attach. All insects have 6 legs, although not all insects use all three pairs to help them walk. The abdomen is the bottom section of the insect and can be quite large or balloon like in some insects. The abdomen generally holds the digestive tract of the insect.

Ant Facts
• Ants have two stomachs—one for themselves and one to feed others.
• Some ants sleep seven hours a day.
• The queen ant lays all the eggs in the anthill.
• The average life expectancy of an ant is about 40 to 60 days.
• Ants use their antennae not only for touch, but also for their sense of smell.
• Adult ants cannot chew and swallow solid food. Instead, they swallow the juice that they squeeze from pieces of food. They throw away the dry part that remains.
• Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight.

Bee & Wasp Facts
• Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
• Wasps are generally thinner and are attracted to food and garbage. Bees, for the most part, are less aggressive and interested in flowers.
• One bee visits between 50 and 1,000 flowers a day, on average.
• Female wasps can sting repeatedly, whereas bees can only sting one time and die afterward.
• Bees fly an average of 13 to 15 mph (20 to 24 km/hr).
• The worker bee is the smallest bee.
• The drone bees are the future fathers. Once they mate with the queen bee, they die.
• The queen bee is the largest bee, and each colony has only one. The queen bee is the mother of the colony.
• Wasps eat other insects including flies and caterpillars.

Beetle Facts
• There are over 300,000 kinds of beetles in the world.
• Adult beetles usually have two sets of wings.
• Female beetles can lay dozens or even hundreds of eggs.
• Most kinds of beetles only live about a year.
• Beetles use chemicals, sounds, or vibrations to communicate because their eyesight is generally very poor.
• Lightning bugs, or fireflies, are beetles that can glow to help them
communicate in the dark.

Butterfly and Moth Facts

Moths generally have more hair on their bodies and often appear “furry” compared to butterflies.
• Butterflies usually have “knobs” on the ends of their antennae, while moths generally do not have any “knobs” on theirs.
• Moths have tiny bristle-like hooks on which they connect their wings. Butterflies do not.
• Butterflies fly during the day. Moths are nocturnal and fly during the night.
• When resting, butterflies close their wings upward (vertically) above their bodies. Most moths rest with their wings spread openly outward (horizontally).

Dragonfly Facts
• Dragonflies have four wings.
• They beat their wings more than 30 times per second and have been known to fly as fast as 60 mph (96 km/hr).
• Dragonflies have been around for millions of years, since the age of the dinosaur.
• Dragonflies breathe through spiracles or holes in their abdomens.
• Dragonflies cannot sting.
• The dragonfly lives on or near freshwater streams and ponds.
• Dragonflies can fly forward and backward, and their quick darting ability assists them in escaping predators.

Grasshopper FactsLadybug/Ladybird Facts
Ladybugs are actually a type of beetle and are also known as ladybirds in many countries.
• Ladybugs eat other insects, eggs, and larva.

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