Lower School Insect Adventures

September 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

After a student was stung by an insect unknown to the class, these four students embarked on a week long investigation to find out what exactly had hurt their friend. They examined the body of the insect under our dissecting microscope, combed through every book in our library about insects, and even consulted Upper School students to attempt to classify the mystery bug, but they were unsuccessful. They were able to deduce the kingdom, phylum, class, and order (Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Hymenoptera – respectively) but couldn’t decipher the family, genus, or species.

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The boys took their inquiry further by choosing to contact the UGA Fayette County Extension Office to see if they had an entomologist on staff who could help them. They were invited to bring their specimen to the office so they could help identify the six-legged creature.

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The boys arranged their first going out and Mr. and Mrs. Shipman took the boys to the office in downtown Fayetteville. There, the boys used their high resolution computerized microscopes to look at their specimen. They were not able to readily identify the bug so they sent digital images to UGA for further classification.IMG_2002

Stay tuned – we look forward to receiving a full report in a few days and finally solving this mystery. In the event the boys have discovered a new species (yes, they are prepared for this outcome), the boys have decided to name the bug the Brandonberry wasp.

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