On Wednesday 21 February our class had an awesome visitor on our door handle! There was a green stick insect sitting above the handle for the morning and we were very interested to find out about it! Like Ms Bell’s class last week, we wanted to know what type of insect it was and why we were seeing so many of them around our classrooms.
Alycia used her iPad and looked at different pictures of insects like the grasshopper and mantis but these did not seem to match our visitor. We talked about who might be able to help us with our questions and thought that the Zoo or the Museum may be places that could tell us what insect it was.
We thought we could write a letter but that would take a while to get a response. So Ms Huntly introduced us to Twitter and we sent the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum our questions along with a great picture that Jessica took of the insect:
We were very excited when Melbourne Zoo tweeted back to us within the hour! They said they would check with their team and get back to us. By the end of the day they had responded with the following information:
Melbourne Museum retweeted our tweet to their Ask Museums Victoria team who told us their entomologist team would respond quickly. A new word for our word wall –> ENTOMOLOGIST means someone who studies insects!
The AskMV “ento-folk” tweeted this reply to us on Friday and included a link to more information:
What was even more interesting for us was we had someone from Geelong tweet us with some information because they had seen our tweet to the Zoo and Museum! Jade Craven was nice enough to give us some pointers on taking pictures of insects to help us find out what type they are:
Using Twitter was a great way to get information quickly from experts and they responded very fast! Thanks to the Melbourne Zoo and the Ask Museums Victoria teams for responding to our questions! We now know that it is a type of mantis and will keep an eye out for another visitor!
Have you seen any insects like our visitor around the school? Have you used Twitter to ask an expert a question? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!