Backyard Bugs

With this software, students in grades K-4 will learn about life science topics through exploration and discovery of the insect world. The goal is to develop software modules that delve into the characteristics of virtual "live" insects, their life cycles and their environments.

Backyard Bugs - Discovery-based Science Explorations

The screen shot examples below show the monarch butterfly explorations.


Main Menu

Clicking the milkweed “hotspot” opens the Close-up Milkweed Screen.


Close–up Milkweed Screen

Use an appropriate tool to collect either a monarch butterfly, caterpillar or an egg


Virtual "Laboratory" Screen

 leads to the Video Screen.

 may be used to explore close-ups of the caterpillar or butterfly

 plays audio explanations .

 cycles through the four stages of the Monarch

 leads to an additional information and glossary page.


Video Screen

 opens the Life Cycle Video Screen

 represents locomotion

 opens the Caterpillar or Butterfly Food Investigation Screen

 rotates the caterpillar or butterfly


Butterfly Food Investigation Screen

Click a food item to watch a video clip


Life Cycle Video Screen (Egg hatching)

Click any of the life stage icons to see a video clip.



Acknowledgment: This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Institute of Drug Abuse Grant Number: 1 R43 DA13557-01. This project is funded under the SBIR program (Phase I). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s).


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