Our Topic is "wriggle and crawl". We are looking at minibeasts.
Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone.
Because they don’t have a backbone, minibeasts tend to have other structures which support and protect them. Snails have shells, while many insects and spiders have an ‘exoskeleton’, which is a hard casing on their outside.
There are over 25,000 minibeast species in Britain.
Facts of the day:
Peacock butterflies have marks that look like eyes on their wings to deter predators
Some ants squirt acid from their stomach to defend the nest.
Key words of the day:
Herbivore A plant eating animal.
Incomplete metamorphosis As some insects grow and develop, their bodies change gradually during several moulting sessions until the fully formed adult emerges.
Metamorphosis As some insects grow and develop, their bodies change shape dramatically. These changes are the insect’s metamorphosis.
Today you could;
Create a fruit minibeast. Here are some ideas to get you started.
A grape catterpillar.
A clemintine millipede.