Rebecca Knox Farris is a published author in A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park for her poem about mayflies, and with her previous book TERRIFIC TERMITES. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from CSU and has a degree in writing and a minor in entomology. She has taught several years in grades 6-8.
Look at the amazing architecture built by termites!
(picture courtesy of webecoist.momtastic.com)
"Insects are the most species-rich organisms on earth. They are of
immense ecological, economic and medical importance and affect our
daily lives, from pollinating our crops to vectoring diseases,” says
Bernhard Misof, the third co-director, who heads the Department of
Molecular Biodiversity Research at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum
Alexander Koenig in Bonn, Germany. “We can only start to understand
the enormous species richness and ecological importance of insects
with a reliable reconstruction of how they are related.”
from Of Dragonflies and Dinosaurs: Rutgers Researchers Help Map Insect Origins, Evolution, Rutgers Today, Nov 12, 2014
TERRIFIC TERMITES aligns to Common Core:
Think about insects for future city food sustainability and help kids avoid the "EW BUGS!" reactions by reading Q&A's in TERRIFIC TERMITES. Also, check out this design for an insect city in Stockholm--Urban Insect Production to create food sources:
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Check out this short TED video about the first 21 days of bees and helping to improve bee hive health \