Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Beetle Adaptations for Survival with Floyd Shockley

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar featuring Entomologist Floyd Shockley aired February 3, 2021, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Join Entomologist Dr. Floyd Shockley to learn about the insects he loves to study: beetles! There are more than 400,000 different species of beetles on Earth, making them the most diverse order of insects. Floyd introduces you to beetles and talks about their many special adaptations for survival that explain why they are the most successful group of animals. He also brings you on a virtual tour of some of the beetles at the National Museum of Natural History and explains how he cares for and studies them at the museum. 

  • This video is an extension activity for the museum's Insect Survival digital school program for Grades 3-5.

About Smithsonian Science How

Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout. 

Thematically aligned with NMNH Digital School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar aligns with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience. 

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