|Clip art purchased from Scrappin Doodles|
To let the students experience the life cycle of the Boll Weevil we purchased meal worms from the local pet store. What do meal worms have to do with Boll Weevils you ask? Well, actually a lot! A meal worm is the larva of a beetle. Yup, its true.....all of you who buy meal worms to feed your lizards, turtles, and whatever else eats them, you are buying baby beetles :).
The kids LOVE LOVE LOVE watching their meal worms transform right before their very eyes! The life cycle of a Boll Weevil and a Beetle is the same:
egg --> larva (meal worm) --> pupa --> Beetle/Boll Weevil
Here are some pictures (sorry about the quality of the pics) of the stages my class and I witnessed!
|Here is the larva (meal worm)|
|This is the larva after shedding it skin. It's sheds it skins up to 10 times|
|coming out of the pupa stage to adult|
|finally an adult|
|The beetle gets darker as its gets older|