Insects and bugs may seem gross, but they can impact our daily lives. Earthworms take care of soil. Butterflies and bees pollinate flowers. Grasshoppers sing some of us to sleep. Spiders get rid of the smaller bugs that would make the earth unbearable to live on. These small creatures can make a big difference to our planet.
This small, simple creature is very important to our health. Due to an earthworm’s tunneling, soil can become nutrient-rich and better for plant life. Crops can be more successful with their efforts. On a rainy day, you can often see them on sidewalks – don’t squish them!
- Worm Facts: Did you know that worms can eat their weight each day? Check out some of these interesting facts about worms.
- Composting With Worms: This article talks about how to make compost with the power of earthworms.
- Vermicomposting: Here, you can learn a bit more about how to make compost using worms.
- Wise Up to Worms: This printout talks about what makes earthworms so important.
- The Giant Gippsland Earthworm: In Australia, there lives a giant version of this familiar creature that can measure up to six feet long.
- FAQs About Worms: This link contains a long list of questions that you can get answered about worms.
There are hundreds of different kinds of butterflies, from monarchs to buckeyes. Butterflies and moths are known for their relatively long, beautiful metamorphosis. They change from baby larvae to great flying creatures. With an adult’s help, you can plant certain flowers to attract local butterflies to your garden.
- Butterflies on Display: This shows off only a handful of different species of butterfly. Click each one to read more.
- Butterfly Life Cycle: Read up and see some pictures of a butterfly in various stages of metamorphosis.
- What is Metamorphosis?This word relates to both butterflies and many other bugs, including other ones on this list.
- The Anatomy of a Butterfly: Check out this diagram of a butterfly and see how they work.
- Plant a Butterfly Garden: This guide talks about how to attract butterflies to your own garden.
- Butterfly Gardening: Here are more tips on how to attract local butterflies – ask your parents for help.
Many people panic at the sight of a bee because some people are allergic to bee stings. But bees are very, very important to the world’s ecosystem. They lead to pollination for many plants, and that pollination will often lead to food. Honeybees are different from wasps and other buzzing bugs because of this important role.
- Honeybee: This site has a lot of information about bees, including how they work and even their scientific name (apis mellifera).
- Hey! A Bee Stung Me!Here are some tips about what to do if you’re stung by a bee.
- Bumblebees and Honeybees: Get some of your questions about bees answered with this link.
- Flight of the Honey Bee: In this video, we can learn about the practice of beekeeping in the United States.
- Bees and Flowers: Why are bees so important to flowers? This article talks about the reason.
- Lifespan of a Bee: The life of a bee is short and important. Here are a few interesting facts.
It’s alright to be afraid of spiders. Some spiders are poisonous, so it makes sense for kids and even some adults to be a bit scared of them. However, more often, they are incredibly important to many food chains, and they often don’t harm humans. They eat other bugs, help to save crops, and make beautiful webs.
- Spiders: Here, you can watch a lot of different videos and learn a lot of different things about spiders from the BBC.
- Got Insect Troubles? Call on a Spider!This article talks about how scientists are actually using spiders to help them get rid of small insects in crops.
- The Cat in the Hat: How Spiders Weave Webs: This video talks about how a spider makes a web and what they use it for.
- Jumping Spiders: There are big, large, white, brown, grey, and black spiders. There are even spiders that jump.
- Tarantula: Here, you can learn about a really big spider.
- Food Web: Spiders: Spiders are a very important part of the overall food chain.
- Venomous Spiders: These spiders are ones that you should actually worry about: the black widow, the brown recluse, and the hobo spider. Tell an adult if you see any of these right away!
These little bugs are known for their incredible hop. More than 10,000 species of this highly successful insect are said to exist. They are herbivores, and they love plants like corn, soybeans, cotton, or high grasses. You don’t have to worry about them stinging you, though they can bite when they feel threatened.
- Great Grasshopper Facts: Here, you can see a diagram of a grasshopper along with information about its anatomy and metamorphosis.
- Grasshopper Anatomy Lesson: This article goes through elements of a grasshopper’s antennae, head, thorax, wing, and abdomen.
- Grasshoppers: This presentation outlines many of the same facts but includes a glossary and pictures.
- Grasshoppers: Description and Biology: Read a bit more about grasshoppers here.
- Take Time to Learn About Grasshoppers: Here is a sampling of a few different species of grasshopper.
- BugMobile Questions and Answers: This question–and–answer article can answer a lot of different questions you might have about bugs. Many of these questions talk about grasshoppers.