Insects ... and Frogs, Too
Based on work started by the U.S. Geological Survey, this site is an ambitious effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data. In addition to being an excellent resource for images and data, they encourage people to take a photograph of a butterfly or moth they encounter, and submit it to them. Would be a great class project for older students.
Everything you could imagine about learning about insects --the orders of insects and classification specs, glossary, clubs, ask-an-expert and odd beliefs. The contents are solid and accessible. Also, look at the Lost Ladybug site, very accessible to young children.
Monarchwatch is a popular online activity, because students and scientists in many locales can plot the annual paths within a telecollaboration model. This site is maintained by the University of Kansas and the University of Minnesota.
Butterflies of Japan has pictures of 120 species of Japanese butterflies.
What happens when...
What happens when you pour 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?
A greater insight into how truly remarkable ants are and some interesting works of art.
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Learn all the myths about spiders, courtesy of the Burke Museum.
View a simulation of a frog dissection (Frog) and compare the simulation with a dissection in the real world. SPICE, Science Partners in Inquiry-Based Collaborative Education, demonstrate how pollution can cause specific genetic malformations in frogs. Not all frogs evolved from tadpoles!!
Take a moment to learn about pesticides and food.
These sites are perfect for research into an animal species and a model for a student project.
The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley shows how many common insects are beneficial to our gardens and the environment as a whole. Insects are an important source of food for many animals, essential for most food crops and flowering plants, and can reduce pests in backyard gardens. This link identifies good and bad insects and provides tips to attract beneficial insects.