How To Measure Insects

Body length (measured from tip of head to tip of abdomen) is probably the most often used measure of size and the easiest to comprehend. Weight (or biomass) is a measure of size that interests many ecologists because it often correlates well with fecundity. Fecundity, in turn, is often a major fitness component and may be a key feature in population dynamics. For practical reasons, traits that are correlated with weight are used instead, such as hind tibia length, front wing length, elytra length, head capsule width, or body volume. The ratios between these and other morphological traits are often used in taxonomic descriptions of insect species. These ratios give descriptions of shape. The main objective in describing size is to identify traits that are easy to measure (e.g., does not have a curved shape) and are stable on prepared specimens.

Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

Make money with honey How to be a Beekeeper. Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby or you can turn it into a lucrative business. The choice is yours. You need to know some basics to help you get started. The equipment needed to be a beekeeper. Where can you find the equipment you need? The best location for the hives. You can't just put bees in any spot. What needs to be considered when picking the location for your bees?

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