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Biology 101, Chapter 4, The 5th Day – Avian Creatures

In addition to Biology 101:
Birds
• Apologia Biology Exp. 16.1, Bird Embryology (Video below that I plan to use for this.)
• Apologia Biology Exp. 16.2, Bird Identification (2 parts to this)  We will do everything at home and used this worksheet.
List of Birds of North Carolina, grouped by category
• 10 videos by BBC on The Life of Birds - These total over 8 hours.  We will watch #2, "Mastery of Flight" and use this accompanying worksheet for assistance in choosing a bird for a report the next day.
Be aware that there is evolutionary content in these videos.

Insects
• Apologia Biology Exp. 12.2, Insect Classification
--A helpful link - BugGuide.net  Look through these pages, or click an insect in the box on the left.
--Tips for collecting and mounting insects at Applie's Place.  Scroll to the list of requirements this blogger gave her class.  There are several more links below that as well.
Another way to do the Killing Jar.

►Additional websites:
Beneficial Insects
What's that Bug?



The Avian Kingdom


(1) The Life of Birds: Mastery of Flight
►Full length video - this is Day 1 of a 2-day assignment.
Embedding disabled, please watch here.
--accompanying worksheet to use in assistance for choosing a bird for a report the next day.
Please ignore the references to adaption.  How would animals live before adapting???



(2) Birds are in the class Aves (AY-vees).
Think of aviation to help you remember how to pronounce aves.  =)
How wings work:




(3) Bird Flight animation




(4) Webcams
►Usually in the spring at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, there is a live web feed of Eagles and Eaglets.  Watch a couple of videos and read more at Sahm-I-Am.  Also video from previous owl webcam.



(5) Bird Embryology (Apologia Biology Exp. 16.1)


►Not for the faint of heart -- Atlas of Avian diseases; study bird embryos.



(6) AMAZING!  How weaver birds make their nests.




(7) How an Egg is Made




(8) Honey Guide Bird








Flying Invertebrates


Insects have an exoskeleton rather than an outer skeleton.  So they do not have a backbone which means they are invertebrates.
They also have jointed legs, which means they are arthropods.  (pod = foot, kind of like pedal.)

(9) Class Insecta



(10) Grasshoppers breathe through spiracles, tiny holes along the abdomen.  There is one on each section.  In this video, they look like little dark dots.
Order Orthoptera




(11) Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Embedding was disabled for these videos, so click on a link to watch.
If you click the first link, they will continue to play in order.  11-12 minutes total.  (They are numbered like they are in the playlist.)

Complete Metamorphosis: 4 stages:  egg, larva, pupa, adult
Simply amazing!!!
63. Monarch butterfly laying eggs
64. Monarch caterpillar growing
65. Monarch caterpillar changing into chrysalis
66. Monarch butterfly metamorphosis

Monarch or Viceroy? (not a video)
How to tell the difference between a Monarch butterfly and a Viceroy?
The difference is the additional black line that goes across the hind wings of the Viceroy.  Monarch butterflies are bitter because of what they have eaten, so birds will avoid Viceroys as well as Monarchs, not realizing they are different.

Incomplete Metamorphosis: 3 stages:  egg, nymph, adult
67. Preying Mantis  Order Orthoptera
68. Preying Mantis life cycle



(12) Whirligig Beetles





(13) Life Cycle of Honey Bees
Order Hymenoptera:  Ants, Bees, and Wasps ("social" insects - live in colonies)




(14) Grasshopper Dissection



Extras if you need more.
►Another grasshopper dissection.  Part 1,  Part 2. (about 14 min total)
Just glanced at it, but seems to have more vocabulary, so it depends on what exactly you are wanting to learn about insects.

Insect External and Internal Structures and Functions (16 min)




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