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Importance Worksheet

5 Points
(each error costs 0.25 point)

The diagram below at right illustrates an ecological pyramid.  Click one of the buttons on each level of the pyramid to indicate where insects play a significant role.
  Yes No Ecological Pyramid



What does each group of insects have in common?
 5. Bees, butterflies, hover flies
 6. Carrion beetles, fly maggots, termites
 7. Lady beetles, praying mantids, parasitic wasps

Match each useful product with an insect that produces it.
 8. Red dye
 9. Allantoin
 10. Silk
 11. Honey
 12. Shellac

Match each substance in the left column with its commercial usage in the right column.   Answers may be used once, more than once, or not at all.
 13. Mead
 14. Royal jelly
 15. Bee venom
 16. Pollen
 17. Beeswax

18.   Which insect was revered as a symbol of rebirth and immortality by the ancient Egyptians?

19.   Out of the 1.5 million species of living organisms that biologists have so far named and described, what fraction belong to the class Insecta?

20.   What insect names complete the following English expressions?
 Mohammed Ali's secret to success as a boxer:
          Float like a sting like a .

 A small child might be:    Knee-high to a .

 Something small that spoils everything:    A in the ointment.

 Cause a commotion or create a lot of trouble:    Stir up a nest.

 Kindness yields better results than confrontation:
          Catch more with honey than with vinegar.

 Hint: Google for any expression that is not familiar to you.

21.   Put a check by each factor that contributes to the ecological success and dominance of insects on Earth.
Photosynthesis Large gene pool Small size
Flight Adaptability Exoskeleton
Homeothermy (Warm-blooded) Metamorphosis High reproductive rate

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