West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Description
||INSECTS, SPIDERS, AND SUCH
||Survey the diversity of West Virginia's
macroscopic terrestrial invertebrates, with emphasis on insects.
Explore their roles in the ecosystem, some of their adaptations and
behaviors. Learn methods of collection and study.
||Spring, summer, fall
||Collecting nets; killing jars;
vials of alcohol; containers for holding/observing live specimens;
forceps; transparency; hand lenses; field microscope; field guides.
||The student will gain a basic understanding of
- characteristics that define terrestrial invertebrate classes.
- major orders of WV insects and arachnids.
- observing, collecting, preserving, and identifying invertebrates.
West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline
- What is an insect?
- Numbers and importance
- Major orders
- What is a spider?
- Numbers and role in the ecosystem
- Spider venom and spider bites
- Major families
- Relatives of spiders other arachnids
Other terrestrial invertebrates
- Harvestmen or daddy longlegs
- Ticks and mites
Observation, collecting, and study
- Centipedes and millipedes
- Sow bugs and pill bugs
- Land snails and slugs
- Earthworms and other worms
- Bug watching
- Collecting and preserving
- Useful references and other information
- West Virginia Entomological Society