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Parental Behaviour in Burying Beetles

This resource pack focuses on parental behaviour in burying beetles. Part of the video material illustrates the life cycle of burying beetles and shows footage and photographs of each stage. There are also clips which describe some key parental behaviours and introduce some important terms and concepts that underpin the activity and the exercises.

Using the final section of video footage, students record the frequency and duration of the amount of parental behaviour exhibited by a female beetle and incorporate their findings, with results from earlier research, to complete a data set. They then carry out graphical representation and statistical analysis before answering some follow-up questions to consolidate the learning experience.

Curriculum links include: variation, animal behaviour, metamorphosis and insect diet.

This resource was provided by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).

Download the resources from the STEM Learning website.

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