Invertebrate Studies: Years 11-12

Invertebrate Studies: Years 11-12


Student and Goliath Stick InsectInvertebrate Studies is a whole day program focusing on the diverse and intriguing fields of invertebrate zoology and ecology.

Students use preserved specimens to identify characteristics and features of invertebrates, including taxonomy of major insect orders.

Working in small groups students then take to the forest to employ a variety of sampling techniques. Invertebrates commonly encountered include a variety of spiders, ants, centipedes, termites, cockroaches, beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies and moths.

The relationship between abiotic and biotic factors, food chains, life cycles, adaptations and classification are topics which are addressed during the delivery of the program.
Equipment utilised by students includes sweep nets, tulgren funnels, stereo microscopes, field magnifiers, pitfall and light traps.

Invertebrate Studies has been assessed as a medium risk activity and is able to be delivered at a range of sites in the Greater Brisbane region. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available on request. A student field booklet is provided upon confirmation of your booking.

Curriculum Intent


  • All systems are interrelated and interdependent (KI.7)
  • Abiotic and biotic factors in an environment influence the size of populations and composition of communities (KI.12)
  • Different organisms perform different interdependent roles in an ecosystem (KI.15)
  • An organism has adaptations specific to its environment (KI.16)
  • Evaluate and assess the reliability, authenticity, relevance, accuracy and bias of the sources and methods of the collection of information (EBI.4.3.3)

Science 21 – Living Systems

  • Biodiversity can be affected by changes in selection pressures in the environment (LS.3)
  • Interactions in ecosystems exist between living and non-living components (LS.3)
PDF versions of Program Guide & Program Itinerary


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