Bugs on the Berries
Students learn to identify and manage insect pests on a cranberry marsh.
How do growers identify, monitor populations of, and control insect pests?
In this lesson students continue to manage their adopted marsh by responding to insect pest threats with an approach called Integrated Pest Management (as described in Background). To be successful students must carefully observe samples of insects found in their marsh and identify which stages of the life cycle are represented in these samples. They also use information about pest treatment to decide on a response strategy. Because the success of many pest treatments depends upon carefully matching the treatment to the pest’s stage of development, this lesson provides an opportunity for students to reinforce their knowledge of insect life cycles.