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The bug-counting technique in this activity is not unlike a method scientists use to gauge insect populations. They just study a larger sample area. By counting insect populations in a specific-size plot and multiplying the insect totals by the number of specific-size plots the habitat contains, scientists can estimate insect populations for an entire forest or meadow.
If you need help identifying any of the insects you see in your survey, these websites can help:
These field guides are also great resources:
- Insects by Christina Wilsdon (a National Audubon Society First Field Guide)
- Insects by Christopher Leahy (a Peterson First Guide)