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    Here are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to insects in the Living World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum.

    Investigate insects found in New Zealand to answer questions about classification, conservation and biosecurity.

    Native insects

    The islands that make up this country are home to a vast number of species found nowhere else in the world. Learn about some of our native insects.

    New Zealand's unique ecosystems – Introductory article with links to media, articles and activities.

    Glow-worms – Article

    Cave wētā – Article

    Wētā – Article

    Building homes for tree wētā – Activity

    Redesigning wētā houses – Article

    Vegetable caterpillar – Article

    Fred the thread – Article

    Science and literacy – using Fred the Thread – Activity

    Our elusive native butterflies – Article

    New Zealand native butterflies – Article

    Monarch butterflies – Article

    Middle Earth wasps – Article

    Honeydew ecosystem (scale insects) – Article

    Insects and forest ecosystems – Article

    Honeydew: The Food of the Ngahere – Video

    Constructing food webs (scale insects) – Activity

    Insect mihi – Activity

    Moth collecting – Activity

    Identifying bugs – Activity

    Rearing insects – Activity

    Make a wanted poster – Activity

    Honey bees

    Honey bee are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops and other flowering plants.

    Pollination – Introductory article with links to media, articles and activities

    Pollination role-plays – Activity

    Honey to heal – Introductory article with links to media, articles and activities

    Bees – fun facts – Article

    Bee-friendly insecticides – Article and audio

    Honey bee heroes – Article

    Honeybees and Mānuka trees – Article

    People are doing heaps for kauri, kiwi and kākāpō but nothing for endemic butterfly species, yet insects are crucial to the ecosystem.

    Jacqui Knight

    Butterflies

    Almost all of the butterflies in New Zealand are native and most are endemic. Compared to big, colourful species from other countries, our native butterflies are small and secretive.

    Investigating butterflies – Introductory article with links to media, articles and activities

    Difference between butterflies and moths – Article

    Butterfly defense mechanisms – Article

    New Zealand butterfly origins – Article

    White butterflies – Article

    Establishing butterfly transects – Activity

    Tagging monarch butterflies for science  – Activity

    White butterfly lifecycle  – Activity

    Monarch butterfly lifecycle – Interactive

    Butterflies (lower primary) – Unit plan

    Butterflies (upper primary) – Unit plan

    Innovative idea

    Plant & Food Research and Etec Crop Solutions – Pheromone-based-Insecticide – Video

    Where we’re controlling insects without the side effects that other control tactics seem to have is a very satisfying thing personally because it’s helping to green New Zealand even further.

    Dr Max Suckling

    Biosecurity and biocontrol

    Insects are both an issue and a solution when it comes to protecting New Zealand's natural and primary production environments.

    Introduced pests:

    White butterflies – Article

    German and common wasps – Article

    Whangarei fruit fly find a worry – Article

    Eradicating southern saltmarsh mosquitoes – Article

    Biocontrol success stories:

    Irish wasp to the rescue – Article

    Weevils eat pesky buddleia weeds – Article

    Related information

    Dung beetle mania – Article

    Dung beetles released on farms – Article

    Hi tech drones copy nature’s design – Article

    NZ’s fish-eating spider – Article

    Poison comes in small packages – Article

    Tree lobsters’ convergent evolution – Article

    Deformed bee wing virus – Image

    Gum leaf skeletoniser – Image

    Wasp versus ant – Image

    Useful link

    Insects of New Zealand has a range of products that provide information and quality drawings of 50+ insect species.

     

      Published 2 July 2015, Updated 12 July 2016 Referencing Hub articles