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  • The Effect on Art & Music

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    Before the Black Death of the 14th century, music was happy and frequently heard. As the plague raged, music was played very grimly or not at all. The only exceptions were people who decided that since they were going to die anyway, they might as well spend the rest of their life in happiness. The somber change in…

  • Bug News

    By writer | 6 months ago

    Musical Termites Termites making music? No, just the instrument, the Aborigional didjeridu. Listen to a developing didjeridu player, Academy student Josh Siegel. Butterfly Buddies The Academy and Ms. Goldfisher’s first grade friends meet at Ardenwood and search for Monarch Butterflies. A Moth Named Ralph? Where do scientists come up with names for animals? Dr. David…

  • Insect Wings

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    Are insect wings as complex as the wings of birds? Surprisingly, they are often more sophisticated. What do falcons, butterflies, and bats all have in common? If you said that they could fly, you are correct. Along with most birds and bats, 90% of insects have the remarkable ability to fly. Insect wings are often…

  • Butterfly Buddies

    By tspencer | 6 months ago

    Thornton Jr. High Academy students have adopted first grade students in Mrs. Goldfisher’s class at James Leitch School as our “Butterfly Buddies”. In addition, we have developed an Insect Art Contest with the Smithsonian, are communicating with scientists around the world, and researching insects related to history and art.   Butterfly Buddies Butterfly Buddies is…

  • Musical Termites

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    Is it possible that an insect makes a musical instrument? Incredibly, the answer is yes. The Didjeridu is a wind instrument made from a Eucalyptus branch hollowed out by termites. The hollowed-out branch is the beginning of a wind instrument. The didjeridu is native to the Aborigines of northern Australia, where it has been played…

  • The Common Cat Flea

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    A cat flea is a very tough insect found on your everyday cat. The flea can jump one foot high. It would be impossible for a human to accomplish such a feat if it were the size of the flea. The cat flea has an interesting anatomy which accounts for its spectacular abilities. It can…

  • The Doctor’s Protective Suit

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    The doctor’s robe. The nose of the sinister costume was supposed to act as a filter, being filled with materials imbued with perfumes and alleged disinfectants. The lenses were supposed to protect the eyes from the miasmas. Illustration from Historiarum anatomicarum medicarum (1661), by Thomas Bartholin.

  • Ladybug

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home;Your house is on fire, your children all gone;All but one, and her name is Ann,And she crept under the pudding pan. Children all over the word enjoy this customary poem today. However, few know that the poem originates from medieval folklore. The burning of vines to clear fields after summer…

  • Macrotermes Bellicosus Termites

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    Special Inspecta Investigation Insects, including termites, are the most successful group of animals in the world today. Termites have been on Earth for over 50 million years. Some of their fossils date back to the Oligocene, Eocene, and Miocene periods. They have evolved into many different species. As of 1995, there were approximately 2,753 valid…

  • The Oriental Rat Flea

    By k2forma | 6 months ago

    The Oriental Rat Flea: Xenopsylla cheopis Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Siphonaptera Family: Pulicidae Genus and Species: Xenopsylla cheopis Fleas are bloodsucking parasites. They have the potential of spreading dangerous diseases to humans and other animals. It is possible that the first flea was native to Africa and traveled by boat on the back of a…

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