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How Do Beetles Reproduce?

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How Do Beetles Reproduce?

By Jenny Drnevich
Illustrated by Dr. Biology

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  • Life Cycle: the sequence of all stages through which an organism passes - going from egg to adult.
  • Offspring: babies, kids.
  • Reproduce: to make more individuals of your species... more

How Beetles Reproduce

Adult Beetle

Every living species is somehow involved in reproducing and making offspring. Most of us are familiar with how humans and mammals make babies, but do all creatures reproduce in the same way?

Composting

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Composting

By Edward Birge

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  • Decompose: to break down dead material.

Decomposition in action

Grass ClippingsGet yourself a large pile of grass clippings (best results are a foot or more wide and a foot deep) and a thermometer (the kind with a probe at the end of a wire is the best).

Air Pollution

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Air Pollution

By CJ Kazilek

The Phoenix metropolitan area, like many large cities, has problems with air pollution at certain times of the year. You can do a simple experiment to determine some of the factors that affect air pollution.

Ant Farm

Ant Farm

By Rebecca Clark
Illustrated by Sabine Deviche

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  • Colonies: a group of the same kind (species) of plants or animals living together... more
  • Nocturnal animal: animal that is active at night... more
  • Rotund: round and large.

What's an Ant Farm?

Fish bowlFarming... ants? Who ever heard of such a thing? Sure, humans farm corn and tomatoes, but ants!

What's the buzz about bees and the bee genome?

Listen in on a fun filled interview as Dr. Biology finds out what's buzzing around ASU School of Life Sciences Professor Gro (Grew) Amdam's laboratory.

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Topic Time
Bee facts - how fast, how far, how many in a hive, and how many to make one pound of honey 00:44
Bee News / Africanized Bees “Killer Bees” 01:45
Are Africanized Bees Dangerous? 01:55
Are Africanized Bees Replacing European Honeybees? 02:48
Do Africanized Bees Perform the same ecological functions as European Honeybees? Pollination 04:23
Bee sense of sense of smell 05:00
Bee communication 06:00
Bee dance 06:27
Genome (what is a genome?) 07:41
Bee genome and a new theory of social evolution 09:09
Do you like to write and the writing process? 10:46
Bee aging - aging and the ability to turn it on and off 11:10
Aging switch 13:06
Genome and aging research 13:52
Differences between the Norwegian and U.S. systems 14:52
Control Freak 16:36
Radio host in college 17:50
Wanted to be a Veterinarian 18:40
What would you be if you were not a biologist? 20:36
Advice for young scientists 21:25
Have you ever been stung by a bee? 21:46

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What's the buzz about bees and the bee genome?

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

Tiny Tigers

Dr. Biology chases down Research Professor David Pearson to learn about his work with some cool insects called tiger beetles.

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Do tiger beetles run so fast that they go blind? 00:20
Title of Field Guide for Tiger Beetles 00:50
World map and the travels of David Pearson 01:15
How many languages do you speak? 01:45
Functions of Tiger beetle colors and patterns 02:15
Camouflage 03:02
Color mimicry (looking like other animals) 03:12
Temperature control 03:34
Where can you find tiger beetles? 04:32
How many species of tiger beetles have been discovered? 04:32
The answer to the question - do tiger beetles run so fast they go blind? 05:23
How fast can a tiger beetle run? 05:23
What is it like to be hunted by a tiger beetle? 05:46
What got you started studying tiger beetles 06:43
What are other uses for studying tiger beetles? 07:15
Bioindicators 07:46
Do you have any interesting stories from all your travel? 08:54
Guinea worm (Fire Worm) 09:09
When did you first know you wanted to be scientist? 09:58
If you were not a biologist, what would you be? 10:41
Ecotourism 11:17
Play-by-play of being hunted down by a tiger beetle. 12:17
Advice for young scientists 13:31

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Tiny Tigers

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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