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I grew up in the southeastern United States, where there are tons and tons of bugs. I have seen cockroaches longer than my finger, spiders that can spin webs as big as a car, and tons of other creepy crawly things. The Orkin Ecologist recently listed the Top 10 Bug Phobias and I’m pretty much on board with all of them…which, by the way, makes me an Entomophobic (a person with a general fear of all insects).
Orkin has been studying bugs for more than 100 years! They know a lot about these fascinating creatures – both the good and the bad. They created The Ecologist site to celebrate the science and uniqueness of bugs. It’s a fun, educational resource for all levels of bug enthusiasts.
Just about everyone has at least one insect that gives them the heebie-jeebies, right? That’s why The Orkin Ecologist’s “Top Ten Bug Phobias” list inspired my children’s #EEKologist science project. We wanted to ask other people which insect-phobia they have and give them the chance to face their fears – with an up close and personal experience with a REAL (DEAD) INSECT!
EEKologist Science Project:
Top 10 Bug Phobias: Face Your Fear!
- Black Foam Board
- Foam Letters
- Plastic Bugs
- Colored Paper
- Bug Collection (Real Insects in Resin)
- Shoe Box
- Visit The Orkin Ecologist website for their list, Top 10 Bug Phobias. Use a marker to write each fear on a separate piece of colored paper and glue each fear onto the black foam board.
- Use foam craft letters to add the title, Top Ten Bug Phobias, to the black foam board.
- Glue plastic bugs to your black foam board for extra eek-factor.
- Put your bug collection inside a closed shoebox along with a mini-microscope. On the outside lid of the box, glue a sign that says, “Face Your FEAR!”
Enjoy teaching your friends and family about bug phobias. It’s fun to see who which bugs scare which people the most! Plus, the real bugs in resin insect collection is perfect for beginning entymologists (that’s a scientist who studies bugs). We all thought it was really fun to get a close up look at real bugs that we would never get that close to in real life.
My kids really enjoyed the interesting bug photos and facts we saw on The Orkin Ecologist website. I was really happy that this project sparked the scientist in them. Our bugs in resin collection is something fun to look at and study. It’s definitely been a conversation starter at our house!
The Orkin Ecologist site is an excellent educational resource for science lovers of all ages and skill levels. I hope you will go check it out and leave a comment below letting me know something cool you learned there. What’s YOUR Bug Phobia?
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