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Living World – Insects

Here are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to insects in the Living World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum. They are grouped by collection (contexts, science stories, innovation and news items).

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

Context: Food, Function and Structure

Phytochemicals –plants’ chemical treasure trove – Video

Context: Hidden Taonga

Hidden Taonga – Context

Context: Icy Ecosystems

Springtails – Image 

Context: Pollination

Unit plan: Pollination (lower primary)

Kiwifruit pollination problems – NZ Research

Honey bee heroes – Looking Closer

Pollination pairs – Student Activity

Iris landing stage – Image

Working with bees – Video

Plant pollination – Video

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

Jacqui Knight

Science story: Butterflies

Unit plan: Butterflies (lower primary)

Unit plan: Butterflies (upper primary)

Butterflies – Science Story

Science story: Seeds, Stems and Spores

Methods of pollination – Science Ideas and Concepts

Pollination role-plays – Student Activity

Science story: Project Mātauranga

Insects and forest ecosystems - Article

Honeydew: The Food of the Ngahere - Video


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

News items

Action needed on NZ’s wasp problem – Article

Dung beetle mania – Article

Dung beetles released on farms – Article

Eradicating southern saltmarsh mosquitoes – Article

Fighting a little bee mite – Article

Flowers provide landing stripes for bees – Article

Hi tech drones copy nature’s design – Article

Middle Earth wasps – Article

NZ’s fish-eating spider – Article

Poison comes in small packages – Article

Tiny drone – Article

Tree lobsters’ convergent evolution – Article

Weevils eat pesky buddleia weeds – Article

Whangarei fruit fly find a worry – Article

Deformed bee wing virus – Image

Gum leaf skeletoniser – Image

Wasp versus ant – Image