Our definition of ‘Bugs’ For the purposes of this program we have used the term BUG to refer to insects, arachnids, crustaceans and myriapods. These creatures are all segmented invertebrates (animals lacking a backbone that have either an exoskeleton like insects and crustaceans, or no skeleton at all like caterpillars) with jointed legs. Collectively they are known as ARTHROPODS (it is important that the students learn this word), but for convenience and ease, the word BUG will suffice.
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If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months. E.O. Wilson (famous biologist and the world’s leading ant expert or myrmecologist!) We NEED ‘bugs’ * !!! But… studies have shown that most people either dislike ‘bugs’ and are scared of them or don’t really know anything about them and how important they are to humans. ‘Bugs’ NEED you !!! We are inviting you to become Entomologists-in-training (E.I.T.’s) who investigate ‘bugs’ and why they are important, and share their knowledge and understanding with others. If you decide to accept our invitation to become Entomologists-in-training, we would also like to invite you to join us on a story adventure! You can begin your adventure by reading the contents of a folder containing important information about a fictional character called Jane Smyth. The folder will arrive soon... Go as far as you can, [young scientists]. The world needs you badly. - E.O. Wilson