Creep, Crawl, Fly, Spin - Arthropods

What are the first words that come to mind when you see a bug – yikes, gross, wow, watch out, amazing, beautiful, adorable? Each of us encounters many of these organisms every day, often without even realizing it! The focus of this BioBox will be on Arthropods - the group containing most of the organisms we often call “bugs”.

The Highlight of this box is growing your own ladybugs - watching them change through their amazing lifecycle.

Inside this BioBox:

Ladybug land

Ladybug voucher

Green pipette


Arthropod pictures

Insect net


Black Card stock paper

Clear plastic sheeting

The live ladybugs are not in the box - we want them to survive! So…the ladybugs can be ordered using the enclosed prepaid voucher when you know you will be around a few days.

There are 4 interesting experiments in this BioBox that examine the following questions:

Colorful Cicads

Colorful Cicads

1.    How do scientists identify various arthropods?

2.    What makes arthropods unique? 

3.    What is the life-cycle of ladybugs? 

4.    What arthropods are living in your own habitat?

5.    Why do spiders spend so much energy creating their webs?    

It is best to begin with Experiment 1 and then the others can be completed in any order.

A friendly stick bug

A friendly stick bug

Tips and Tricks for this BioBox

  1. Experiment 1: You will get to learn how to identify various arthropods by using a tool called a Dichotomous Key. Once you learn how to identify the included arthropod photos, try identifying arthropods you collect around your home!

  2. Experiment 2: Be sure to read the directions that come with your live ladybugs! Once your ladybugs arrive, they may not move around much the first few days. Give them time to adjust to their new home.

  3. Experiment 3: Your ladybug land will also be used to house your arthropod collection. It might be better to do this activity before or after the ladybugs live in the land. Some bugs are know to eat ladybugs so its better not to have both share the same home.

  4. Experiment 4: Why spider webs? Use both curiosity and caution when hunting for spider webs - there is much to discover but caution around spiders is wise. Wear the gloves as a precaution.


Let the Epic Experiments begin! 

What an adventure – we are so glad you have joined us! Please let us know about your experiments: send pictures, give tips for other BioBoxers, share favorite results. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. #bioboxlabs

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