Unit 2 Assignment Worksheet
In the table below, indicate which specimens you chose, the order for each, and indicate which you plan to use to answer questions in Part B of this assignment.
Your insect choices (provide the letters of the photo sets you chose to identify).
Note here which one of the 2 you used for
Once you have determined the
Order to which your organisms belong,
choose one and using internet sources research the following information for that specimen. Record your answers on the provided Unit 2 Assignment Worksheet.
(Note: You can refer to the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Beaver Fact Sheet
as an example of the type of information you need to find. However, please note that you are being asked for additional items in the following list that you won’t see on the Georgia fact sheets.)
1. What families are within the order? To which family does your chosen specimen belong?
Draw an image of
with all the critical features labeled which you used in your pathway through the dichotomous key (do not copy and paste something you find – draw it yourself). Refer to the
Australian Museum website for an example of how you might properly illustrate your insect. Note the two drawings near the top of the page. Depending on the key features used in the determination of your insect’s classification, you may need a couple of drawings (both a top view and a bottom view; or maybe a side view, if that’s better) to show everything you used to arrive at your identification.
Provide the insect’s
from kingdom all the way down to the family of which your chosen specimen belongs. (Something similar can be found on the
Animal Diversity Web website. You don’t have to do the extra detail given in the central/main part of the page – the classification in the box on the right side of the page is what you need; and you can stop at family, unless you know more detail and want to go farther.)
common name of your specimen (For example, the ‘North American beaver’ is the common name for Castor canadensis.)
5. Description of
physical characteristics (see fact sheets linked above in the section #2 heading for guidance)
Habitat – what types of places do you find your specimen? (see fact sheet examples)
range – where in the world are they found? (see fact sheet examples)
Diet (see fact sheet examples)
Behavior (give a couple basic facts on things like social structure, feeding times, activities during the day, or different times of the year, etc. – whatever you think is unique/interesting about your bug – just 2 or 3 things is fine)
Reproduction (see fact sheet examples)
Environmental/ecological role or importance (see fact sheet examples)
Economic importance (
References (where you got your info,
in APA or MLA format)