Natural History Unit 2: Kansas Arthropods

Unit 2: Kansas Arthropods (Question-based Objectives)

Keywords– Monarch, Viceroy, Hackberry Butterflies, Red Admiral, Question Mark, Buckeye, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Sulphurs, Webworms, Red Carpenter Ants, Honey Bee, Grass Spider, Wheel Bug, Snowberry Clearwing, Silver-Bellied Cicada, Black Widow, Garden Spider, Spittlebug, Praying Mantis, Brown Recluse, Scorpion, Dung Beetle, Common Skimmer, Green Darner, Eastern Pondhawk, Paper Nest Wasp, Obscure Bird Grasshopper, Daddylonglegs, Lone Star Tick


1. What are some arthropods that can be found in Kansas, and what are some interesting facts about them?

2. How are Kansas Arthropods we’ll study related to each other?

3. What kinds of insects can you find when searching, and how do you arrange them into a collection?

4. How do ants from different colonies interact?

5. What are ticks, how do they live, and why are they a concern for humans?


1. Complete “Arthropod Fact Find Questions”, using Kansas Arthropods Information PPT and/or field guides.

2. Identify the species from “Kansas Arthropods Practice PPT” (using Information PPT and field guides).

3. Create a Kansas Arthropods Classification Concept Map using “A Checklist to Kansas Insects” and “A Checklist to Kansas Miscellaneous Invertebrates

4. Arthropod Survey (LUTS 78)

5. Ant Wars Activity

6. Complete “Insect Collection Activity” (using actual specimens, or photos that YOU TOOK of the specimens- See “ Insect Collection Activity ” and “How to Preserve and Mount Insects” for details.

7. Watch “The Insect World” and write down 15 facts and 5 questions

8. Read “Out for Blood” tick reading and complete Out for Blood” tick reading worksheet.


1. Photograph/identify several species of Kansas arthropods and create your own PowerPoint.

2. Create pit traps and collect arthropods for photographing.

Further Research: arthropod evolution, spider biology, scorpion biology, dragonfly biology, types of metamorphosis, forgotten pollinators, Monarch Watch, 13 year cicadas, spider venom versus wasp venom, ant colonies, grasshopper plagues, SINC, Threatened, and Endangered Kansas Arthropods, etc.



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