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  1. Macromia Dragonflies

    Tired of annoying pests like flies and mosquitoes? Enlist the help of a hungry Macromia Dragonfly. Usually found in the vicinity of ponds and streams, this Dragonfly is one of the brightest and most active species in the eastern United States. Learn More
  2. Winter Forms of Insects

    Did you ever wonder where insects go during frigid Chicago winters? Find out here, as the winter homes of a variety of insects, including cocoons, pods, and plants, are exhibited and explained. Learn More
  3. Animal Homes

    Most animals, including humans, need shelter. Many animals create shelter with homes they build; others find sheltered places in their environment. By looking at the homes of the bark beetle, honeybee, mud dauber wasp, paper wasp, weevil, and robin, you can learn more about the importance of homes and the relationship of animals to their environments. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  4. Insects' Protective Coloration

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    Examine the fascinating color patterns of insects who rely on camouflage. Protective coloration helps insects hide from predators, or conversely, from unsuspecting prey they are stealthily waiting for. Learn More
  5. Animal Habitats: Pond

    Animals live where they can find resources to meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and reproduction. These places are called habitats. Animals that share the same habitat often interact with and depend on other plant and animal species in the habitat. Use the contents of this box to make connections between animals and a pond habitat through dramatic play with pond puppets and contrast real specimens of dragonflies, beaver pelts, bluegills, and turtle shells. Learn More
  6. Wasps

    Dive into the world of wasps, a family that encompasses insects with a variety of behaviors. Sixteen wasp species explain the difference in each of their habits, including nest building, sociableness, and feeding techniques. Learn More
  7. Hornets

    Buzz into the crowded homes of the stinging wasps. Sometimes found in colonies of up to 1000, Hornets inhabit globular nests made from regurgitated wood pulp. Learn More
  8. Beetles

    Beetles are abundant and easily recognized insects. In fact, there are more types of Beetles than of any other group of insects. Compare the shapes, colors, and body structures of many species of common beetles. Learn More
  9. Green-Clouded Swallowtail Butterfly

    Give some much-deserved attention to this beautiful but overlooked butterfly. The muted colors of the Green-Clouded Swallowtail can be spotted most frequently in the Atlantic states and Mississippi valley. Learn More
  10. Flies

    Discover the great diversity found with the Fly family. Twenty Fly specimens, from houseflies to soldierflies, showcase both the destructive and beneficial habits of these common insects. Learn More

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