Can you Engineer an Insect Exoskeleton?(Created by Catherine Dana and Christina Silliman)
What’s an insect’s favorite smell? (Created by Catherine Dana and Christina Silliman)
Pests Stay Out! Smelling Your Way to a Healthier Garden (Created by Tasha Kirby)
Are Insect Pollinators Choosy about Colors?
Are insect pollinators choosy about color? How choosy are insects about flower color? If they are, what colors do you think different groups of insects (e.g. bumblebees) are attracted to. Check out this project to find the answer.
Do Mosquito, Butterfly, and Grasshopper Eat Food in the Same Way? (Created by Sindhu Krishnankutty)
Can these three insects eat food in the same way? With this science project students will learn about the different mouth structures of mosquitoes, butterflies, and grasshoppers and the foods they eat.
Why do Plants Make Spices? Exploring Ecological Roles for Common Kitchen Ingredients.
Grades: 4-10 (although the language of these instructions is suited to students in grades 7-10 I Time: 6 hours I Cost: $1.00
Our kitchen cupboards are filled with various spices that make our eating experiences fun and delicious. Where do these flavors come from? Check out this project to find the answer.
Investigation of the Diversity of Nocturnal Insects
Grades: Elementary, Middle, and High School I Time: 2-4/5 class periods I
Cost: Approximately $37
During the evening hours have you noticed that many insects are attracted to the outdoor lights of your home? Have you ever looked closely at how many different types of insects are present? Explore these questions.. you may be surprised at how many types of insects seem to find that porch light irresistible.
Are Crickets Scared of the Dark? (Created by Alexis M. Barbarin)
Grades: 4, 5, and Middle School I Time: 30 minutes I Cost: $10
How do Caterpillars Choose the Right Leaves to Eat in a Big, Green World? (Created by Rupesh R. Kariyat & Jason D. Smith)
Your parents taught you not to touch poison ivy leaves, nor to eat smooth red berries because they are poisonous. But what about small caterpillars, which do not get instructions from their parent moths or butterflies? Find out how caterpillars can select the food that is best for them.
The Diversity and Food Preferences of Foraging Ants (Created by Matan Ben-Ari)
Are Flying Insects Differentially Attracted to Certain Colors?
When flying, how do insects interpret and perceive their world?
Seeds? (Created by Maggie Douglas)
Weeds often produce many seeds but only a small number
survive – what happens to the rest? Find out
Effects of Temperature on the Rate of Development of Insects (Created by Paul Akwettey Ayayee)
The rate of insect development from eggs to adults is usually
related to the temperature of their environment, since they are cold
blooded. Some insects develop faster than others in the same
environment. How does environmental temperature influence the time
it takes for an insect to develop from egg to adult? Find out.
Grades: Middle School I Time: 1.5 hours to conduct the activity I Cost: <$10
Why are Aquatic Beetles & True Bugs Found Only in Fresh Water
Why are diving beetles, giant water bugs, water striders, and water scorpions located in fresh water as opposed to salt water or polluted water? Conduct this science project using items found in your home.
Grades: Middle and High School I Time: 2-3 43-minute class periods I Cost: < $1 per student
Many arthropods use plants for food and shelter. Areas that have a greater number of species of plants, such as natural areas and gardens, seem to have more arthropods than areas that have few species of plants, such as agricultural fields and grass lawns. Through the science project, students will find out if the number of plant species in an area influence the number of arthropod species as well as their abundance.
Exploring animal behavior through eight eyes (Created by David A. McKinney)
Honey Bee Behavioral Ecology: "Does Floral Color or Size Influence Pollinator Visitation?" (Created by Daniel R. Schmehl)
Nematodes in the Soil?
Do urban landscape management practices negatively influence beneficial nematodes in the soil? Check out this project idea to explore if human activities can have a negative effect on biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides.
Forensic Entomology- Using "Corpses" to Learn about Succession (Created by Alexander Ko)
Grades: High School I Time: 2-6 weeks
Many insects process dead animal remains and often use decomposing animal remains as a key state in development. Succession is a predictable order of invasion and colonization by organisms. Forensic entomologists often use theories of succession and information regarding colonizers to determine various facts about a discovered corpse/body. This project will help students explore such questions as: What insects will first colonize a slab of steaK? And, What is the order of succession of insects after the initial invasion of primary colonizers?
How do the Patterns on Butterfly Wings Develop?
Butterflies display diverse and beautiful patterns on their wings that can alternately make them harder for predators to see and more attractive to members of their own species. Find out more by conducting this experiment.
Ugh Stink Bugs (Created by Karen Sondak)
We live in a world that is surcoming to invasive species. In this science project students will find and observe the Marmorated Stink Bug. It was observed that this stink bug was uncommon in Montgomery County Maryland just three years ago. Since that time, stink bugs have become more numerous. Now you can see hundreds of these bugs in attics, clinging to door screens, or on outsides of buildings. What common household items can be used to control Marmorated Stink Bugs? Conduct this project to find out.
The Best Scent Attractant for Drosophila melanogaster
Invading fruit flies are a big threat to today's produce growers and are pests to fruit-lovers. Many field experiments have tested baits and traps for fruit flies, with surprising findings. This experiment will help uncover what types of fruit small fruit flies are attracted to the most. Will the fruits tested have differing numbers of fruit flies?
Other Projects to check out