Meet the Mealworms!

Ms. Hester's Class

What Are Mealworms?

We will have Mealworms in our classroom and will observe their life cycle changes. Mealworms are the larva form of a beetle. It goes through four stages of life: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. Mealworms can actually help our environment by eating plastic. They can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day. We will keep them in a closed container with Oats. The Mealworms will be given apples or potatoes to help with moisture.

Who Studies the Mealworms?

Entomologist is a scientist who studies different insects. They study the life cycle, distribution, behavior, and population dynamics of different insects. Some of these insects include: honeybees, silkworms, beetles, and wasps. Many Entomologists specialize in one kind of insect! They work both indoors conducting lab experiments and outdoors collecting specimens in the field.

How is an Entomologist related to STEM?

An Entomologist is related to STEM because it would fall under a career in Science. The salary range is $25,000 to $75,000 a year. The minimum education to be a Entomologist is a Bachelor's Degree. Entomologist's can be involved in research, have a teaching opportunity, or even work for government agencies. This would be great for students who love science and insects!

Edith Marion Patch

Edith became the first woman president of the Entomological Society of America in 1930. This was a time when there were only a few women in the field. She had the ability to communicate scientific ideas to people of all ages. She believed that nature was a child’s greatest mentor and that appreciation of the natural world did not belong solely to the scientist. Her work expanded understanding to scientists, teachers, and children all over the world.
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David Sharp

David Sharp was an Entomologist who worked mainly on beetles! In 1862, he became a part of the Entomological Society of London and was its President in 1887 and 1888. He was also an author in the Entomologist's Monthly Magazine.
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