Students will investigate the impact of insects on the production of food and other products.
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Explain how humans use insect biology to make commercial products (e.g., silk, honey, lacquer, and dyes).
Evaluate the benefits of insects to ecosystem functioning for food production (e.g., pollinators of agricultural crops).
Evaluate the costs of insects as pests of crops, stored food, and housing (e.g., termites).
Analyze the economic impact that insects can have on livestock and pets (e.g., dog heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, and fleas are irritating pests).