Web of Gold Activity- Robert Raguso
“Web of Gold” uses common autumn wildflowers to explore the hidden lessons of food webs. Different insects visit flowers in search of different resources, in varying levels of abundance. Students will observe visitors to a flower (or area of flowers) and record their species and abundance. Older students can explore deeper with relevant topics such as social insects, haplodiploidy, and division of labor; the roles of floral predator insects; and trickle-down effects for neighboring flowers.