Yeates asks CYCLE (Community Youth Creative Learning Experience)
participants to find characters on a dragonfly that they can use
to determine in which insect order it belongs, using LucID(tm),
a computerized key builder and player. Participants looked at body
shape and wing veination to bring the choice down to two orders
and then looked at pictures of the insects in remaining orders to
determine what they had (Odonata). They also keyed out a fly (Diptera)
and mantid (Mantoidea).
participants came from Chicago for a one day program at the Illinois
Natural History Survey on Saturday, May 2, 1998. Members of
the therevid PEET team put together a program for three groups of
CYCLE participants, ranging from grades 3-8, answering the questions
"What is taxonomy?" and "What do taxonomists do and
why is it important?"