Insects are really important that’s why there’s a National Insect Week just for them! Some make honey, some make silk, some pollinate plants and some are food for other creatures. So the world cannot survive without them.
But there are millions of them. So to help you sort out the moths from the butterflies here is a worksheet and an insect quiz.
Did you know grasshoppers can jump vertically to a distance of 10 times their length and horizontally to 20 times their length. So a 5 cm grasshopper can jump one metre. . . see more interesting facts at http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-grasshoppers/
Do you know how many times an insect flaps its wings?
Well they are all so different. The slowest is probably the butterfly with 5 – 10 wing beats per second while the midge is said to flap its wings over 1000 times per second!
This is a well camouflaged Hawkmoth . . . see fascinating moth facts at:
A good time to look for insects is in the spring and summer months. Take this worksheet with you to the reserve to see how many you can find.
Other pages so you can find out more:
To see other worksheets have a look at our Young Friends section.