At Terminix®, we're thrilled to partner with the Memphis Botanic Garden to bring David Rogers' Big Bugs at the Garden to Memphis area residents. This traveling art exhibit features ten larger-than-life wooden bug sculptures towering up to 18 feet high and representing eight different species. Big Bugs will inhabit 96 acres of the Memphis Botanic Garden from September 16, 2017, through January 1, 2018. This exhibit has been featured at the United States National Arboretum, the United States Botanic Garden and Disney World's Epcot®Center. We're so excited they're here, and hope you are, too!
School program: Grades 2-6. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Explore the Garden as you go on this Big Bug hunt, where your students will discover why these crawlies are not so creepy after all. Buzz and flutter your way through educational crafts and activities designed to meet science standards. Stay afterwards and picnic with the ants. Scholarships available; call 901-636-4126 for information.
For a calendar of events and more details, visit the Memphis Botanic Garden.
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Marianne Shockley received her Bachelor's degree in biology from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1997. Marianne later received her M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees from the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. She is a founding member of the North American Coalition for Insects in Agriculture (NACIA), a trade organization for insects as food and feed, and currently serves as the Treasurer. Learn more
Dr. Stephanie L. Richards is an Associate Professor of Health Education and Promotion in the Environmental Health Sciences program at East Carolina University. She received a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University. She completed her Ph.D. in Entomology with a minor in geographic information science at North Carolina State University. She completed her post-doctoral work in Arbovirology at University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. Learn more
Duane McKenna, Ph.D is an associate professor at the University of Memphis, teaching in evolution and entomology. Dr. McKenna studies beetle systematics, genomics, evolution & diversity. Specific interests include the phylogeny and evolution of beetles (order Coleoptera) and other insects, the evolution and genomic basis of plant-feeding, and interactions between beetles and plants on ecological and evolutionary time scales. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Learn more
Students will explore collections of insects to see the amazing variety of species in the insect world.
Insects can be pollinators. Without pollination we wouldn't have new flowers. Kids will have a chance to plant wildflower seeds in a decorated flower pot in order to attract pollinators to their yard.
Some insects go through complete metamorphosis which means they have 4 life stages from egg to larva to pupa to adult. The teacher will show students a nymph or larva picture card that is laminated and ask the students to match it up which the adult picture on the board.
Some insects live part of, or all, of their life in water. They are called "Aquatic" insects. The students will look through 2-way magnifiers which will have different samples of aquatic insects.
Insects have interesting ways of protecting themselves! The Hissing Beetle actually hisses to mock a snake and scare off predators. Here we'll think of some really neat camouflage ideas for beetle magnets.
Using scientific tools to better understand the world around us, here we will collect and study insects with bug box magnifiers.
Insects are amazing creatures that do amazing activities. Children, with their chaperones, will follow signs to try to match the amazing feats that insects perform. Example: A flea, only about a tenth of an inch long, can jump 150 times its body length. How many times will you have to jump to get to the next sign?
One interesting part of an insect is its mouth. Here we'll explore the mouths of a mosquito, grasshopper, butterfly, bee and fly. Kids will be given a straw and a sample cup of sugar water. Nectar is about 30% sugar mixed with water. Tasting this with our "bee tongue", or proboscis, is kind of what butterflies taste of flowers.
The audience will become actors and actresses—and even have a role or costume. As part of this special skit, there will be a story based on the metamorphosis process. Kids will not only get to act out a scene but figure out, based on pictures, which insect was what character in the skit.
Do you ever wonder what happens to leaves when they fall each year? The answer is decomposition. With magnifiers and trowels, kids can dig through leaf litter and actually look for examples.
Students discover the body parts of an insect including legs, exoskeleton, antennae, wings and eyes. What's next? Song and dance!