Cicadas - A
Special Insect Internet Activity
Use this Internet based investigation activity to learn about periodical cicadas.
Helpful hint. Use the Find command to scan the text rather than read the whole web page. Go Edit ... Find. Enter the keyword like "wing" and click Find. The word wing will be highlighted in the text. Go Edit ... Find again to take you to the next occurrence of the word.
Use these two web sites for the questions that do not have a link.
1. What Order of insects do cicadas belong to?
What is the genus of periodical cicadas called?
TAI (Think about it) - How do you suppose they got that genus name?
2. Calculated to challenge -
Which is longer: your thumb or the average adult cicada?
3. What is the life cycle length of the periodical cicadas emerging in 2004?
Say your life cycle is 80 years. You live in California. How many periodical cicadas emergences are you likely to experience in your life time?
4. True or False - Some cicadas emerge each summer.
5. Magicicada adults have colored bodies with eyes. They also have orange wing veins.
The best way to tell species apart is by using which of your senses?
6. Write three facts about juvenile cicadas.
7. Periodical cicadas have many predators. The predators do not do much to control their numbers. Why?
8. Suppose you have decided to join the list of cicada predators. At what stage of life are they best to eat?
Consult the recipe for El Chirper Tacos. How many batches
would you need to feed one serving to everyone in your class?
9. Do some investigating -
When is the NEXT time the cicadas
are expected to emerge like this in your state?
What insect lives the longest life cycle?
Entertained by Entomology? Journey onward:
Explore Variation - grouping things
Help your community by creating a web site that gives facts about the periodical cicada.
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Proof read your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. Make Your Own Printed answer sheet.