Get a close-up look at yellow jackets and their behavior, and find
out why pharmaceutical companies need yellow jacket venom.
Students are introduced to yellow jackets. These insects build
nests using wood pulp. They ingest huge quantities of flies and
other pests. In addition, yellow jackets can be collected to create
vaccines for people highly allergic to their stings.
Length: 7:44 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: Yellow Jackets" video program and
curriculum guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- The structure of a yellow jacket nest, both suspended on buildings
- The life cycle of the yellow jacket.
- Predator/prey relationships for yellow jackets.
- How yellow jackets are used to develop vaccines for humans.
About Yellow Jackets:
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Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
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Borror, Donald J. and Richard E. White. A Field Guide to Insects.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970.
Callahan, Philip S. Insects and How They Function. Holiday
Facklam, Howard and Margery. Insects. Twenty-First Century
Greenaway, Theresa. Insects. St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Preston-Mafham, Rod and Ken Preston-Mafham. The Natural History
of Insects. The Crowood Press, 1996.
Souza, D. M. Insects Around the House. Carolrhoda Books,
Souza, D. M. Insects in the Garden. Carolrhoda Books, Inc.,
Wilsdon, Christina. First Field Guide Insects. Scholastic,
Wilson, Edward O. The Insect Societies. The Belknap Press
of Harvard University Press, 1971.
immature, wingless and often worm-like feeding form that hatches
from the egg of many insects
mandible: mouth part used to hold or bite food; strong biting
nest: a specially modified structure serving as an abode
queen: the fertile, fully developed female of social bees,
ants and termites
sting: to pierce painfully with a poisonous or irritating
vaccine: a preparation of killed microorganisms, living
attenuated organisms or living fully virulent organisms that is
administered to produce or artificially increase immunity to a particular
venom: poisonous matter secreted by animals
worker: any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile
members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps or termites that
perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony