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The Digital Insect Collection


Welcome to the 2011 Digital Insect Collection. During the summer of 2011, students in Mr. Ward's Honors Biology Classes collected insects for their summer insect collection project. Over the first few months of the 2011 school year, s2010_Collectiontudents identified their insects to order and family with the aid of a dichotomous key. The photo to the left is a class collection of some of best specimens from this year's individual collections. Students were required to collect at least two insects from 10 different orders of the Class Insecta. One of the greatest challenges was to be in the right place at the right time to capture seasonally abundant insects, such as from the orders Plecoptera and Ephemeroptera. Other insects were quite easy to collect such as insects from the orders Diptera and Coleoptera.
As you look through our digital collection you will find insects that; fly, crawl, or swim and insects that bite, sting, chew, or drink. However or whatever they do, insects are an important piece in the ecology of our terrestrial and aquatic environments.



By clicking on the photos of the individual insects below, you will find extensive information on its life history and its niche from the locale where is was collected. We hope you find the information in this wiki helpful in understanding how unique and important insects are in our world.

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cicada.JPG
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fly1.JPG
stonefly.JPG
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