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Bugs steal the day at Hardin Park Elementary

BOONE—Senior biology majors in Dr. Ray Williams’ entomology class spent part of their last days in class visiting elementary schools in Watauga County and leaving a special gift – bugs.

View larger imageThese third-grade students from Hardin Park Elementary School pose with a collection of insects given to their teachers by Appalachian State University biology majors. The collection will be used during science lessons. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageView larger imageAbove left: Appalachian State University biology majors Chelsea Rath, left, Florence Garland and Derek Chamberlin talk about insects to third-grade students at Hardin Park Elementary School. The college students were enrolled in a senior-level entomology class at Appalachian and presented the talk, as well as a collection of insects, as part of their course requirements at the end of fall semester. (Photo by Jane Nicholson) Above right: Derek Chamberlin talks about the life cycle of dragonflies to third-grade students at Hardin Park Elementary School. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageHave you ever met a third grader who didn’t have questions? These Hardin Park Elementary School students learned about insects common in Watauga County and along coastal South Carolina during a presentation by Appalachian State University biology majors. Among their burning questions were what do insects eat and how long do they live? (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageChelsea Rath, a senior biology major at Appalachian State University, distributes an information sheet about insects to third-grade students at Hardin Park Elementary School. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

The Appalachian State University students created collections containing about a dozen different insects for third-grade classrooms to use in their science studies.

The college seniors were required to create their own insect collection containing 50 different species. The insects, ranging from moths and bees to grasshoppers and dragonflies, were collected in Watauga County and at Edisto Island, S.C.

Third graders at Hardin Park School wanted to know what the insects ate and how long and where they live, among other questions.

Derek Chamberlin explained how insects were classified into different groups based on characteristics such as body shape, coloring and appendages, and the metamorphosis that occurs in some insects.