Hi! My name is Ms. Lombardi. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Friday, April 23, 2010

DAY 4: Kayaking, Collecting, Analyzing and Raining!

There was a call for rain today so we decided to collect from plots in the morning. We split into two teams- terrestrial and water. I was part of the kayak team. We paddled through the bayou- this time AWAY from El Guapo. It was a little more difficult kayaking today, since we had to paddle through trees and logs in the bayou. I felt like I was in a giant maze! We marked our plot and found a ton of Tent Caterpillars. One part of our collecting process is beating the trees to get caterpillars that are above our heads. Check out the picture of me holding the beating sheet above my head! It was literally raining caterpillars. As you can see, I was not enjoying it too much.

Since it started to thunderstorm and downpour in the afternoon, we decided to analyze and record the data we collected from yesterday and today. We had to use caterpillar and plant field guides to identify some of the data we found. I was amazed at how many species the scientists knew without looking at the guides! We found some unique caterpillars once again, besides the many tent caterpillars from the bayou plot. Even though recording data is tedious, it was fun to do it as a team. We listened to music, ate some cookies and told jokes while we analyzed the data. Besides the experiments and adventures that science can bring, even recording data can be fun!

Since you have learned a lot about caterpillars this past week, write 6-8 sentences or more on why you think entomologists are important scientists. Would you find it interesting to study insects? Why or why not?


At April 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


I Love the pictures.

Entomologists are important because they study the bugs (insects and other crawlies). Most of the Animals on earth are bugs (invertebrates). Entomologists are important because bugs help plants and plants help us survive. If you think about it entomologists keep us alive. I would find it intresting to study insects but, it would be GROSS! Studying insects would make me feel like I am making a diffrence. I also love little cute caterpillers.


At April 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entomologists are important for many reasons. The first is that they can discover new species of caterpillars and warn us if they are harmful. They are also important because they help keep bugs alive and bugs keep plants alive and plants give us oxygen therefore they keep us alive. They have one of the coolest and most disgusting jobs in the world. They get to disect dead bugs to see what kills them and why. They spend lots of time kayaking which sounds awesome but you also get to find caterpillars.


At April 24, 2010 at 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Lombardi,
This weekend, I went camping and Amelia, Sammie and I found a bunch of tent caterpillars. (I'll send some pictures to you.)

Entomologists actually have a pretty cool job. Every day, they find new species of bugs. Since bugs help plants to grow by making great soil, and since plants help us breath, the Entomologists actually help us to live and breath by keeping the population of bugs under control. we need to understand bugs because some of them can be very dangerous. We need to be warned about these things.
Thank you entomologists!

At April 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Lombardi,
(sorry I forgot to answer this part last time)
I would find studying insects interesting, but I don't think that I would be the right person for the job because I am kind of squeamish and really don't like bugs.


At April 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entomoloigst study bug really. they sort of keep us alive by keeping the air clean.
I think it would be cool to study insects!Because i would feel well i don't really know why i would want to do it i just think it would be a cool thing to do!
See You Soon,

At April 26, 2010 at 9:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Lombardi,
One of my students saw a tent caterpillar in their friend's backyard. You look great in the kayak. It is cool how you are in the swamp with the trees. We wonder what you will do in New Orleans. 1,000 caterpillars are a lot of caterpillars. You all must have worked really hard. We can't wait to see you when you get back. We love reading your blog.
Mrs. Ortiz's class

At April 26, 2010 at 9:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ms. lombardi,
entomologists are important because they are seeing why caterpillers are going away and then they can have the awner and they can make more caterpillers. caterpillers are inporntant because they turn in to butterflys and they polanate plants. They get to name bugs and look at bugs. Entomologists are vary important.


At April 26, 2010 at 9:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs.Lombardi!
Entomologists study bugs and other creepy crawlers. They also try to study all of the bugs to keep us safe, like poisonous bugs, stingers and other environmentally harmful bugs.
If I were an entomologist I probably wouldn't be here now, I absolutely hate bugs! They're so icky and slimy and ugh! But the hiking and exploring would be fun, but not the bugs!
(No offense entomologists)

At April 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Lombardi hows it going?
I think being a entomologist would be a cool job. It would be awesome to find new bugs through out the world. Why I would like this is because you would get your name marked in history for finding a cool new animal that no one has ever seen before. Also not many people think much about bugs but the are actually very important.

Hope your having fun,

At April 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Lombardi,

Entomologists are very helpful to our Earth.
They help us find what bugs are poisonous insects, so we can be careful. They also let us know how we can grow gardens without insects eating are plants. Entomologists help us live because they keep the bugs from taking over the Earth. People who want to be entomologists have to be brave and strong because they have to deal with creepy crawlish creatures.
I think Entomologists are very helpful.


At April 26, 2010 at 9:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entomologists study bugs (insects). They tell the public about dangerous species of insects. They acually keep the humans safe. One of the reasons they keep us safe is the keep the population down. They also keep the posonous bugs away from people. I would love to be an Entomologist.


At April 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think emtomoligosts are important because they help study and name cattipillars. I would like to name catipillars. AndSee what they look like as well. But I would not want to have them fall on my head or have them clim all over me. Over all I guess i wouldn't mind studying insects. Write to you soon connor.

At April 26, 2010 at 9:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Lombardi,
Last weekend I went camping, for girl scouts. We saw tent caterpillars.
It was creepy there, because someone wrote about an evil ghost on the tent.I still am frightened by the shadows ANYWHERE.

I would be miserable if I had to be an entomologist. I think most invertebrates are very unpleasant. Since I think invertebrates are
sickening, I think bugs are sickening. I would rather be an architect, THAT is pleasant!

I think entomologists are important because we need to know how bugs can hurt or help us. I will say more later


At April 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entomologist's are importent because they study bugs. Learning abuote bugs can help us learn abuote the inverment. Bugs are also a important part of the food chain.

I think being a entomologist would be cool but the minut it involved spiders you could count me out.

I was at the same camp as morgan and we found atent catipiller nest IT WAS SO COOL.
Amelia found a tent catipiller and so we named it A.J. for Amelia junior.I put A.J. on my forhead and it fell on my nose then crawled around my eye it rocked! Lator I put A.J. on my head and it tickled my scalp.

from Sammie


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