How to Make a Model of a Mosquito Insect Science Project

Save

Mosquitoes are often considered pests, but they can be fascinating to a student interested in insects. A model of a mosquito should be large enough to show all its anatomical parts, but small and light enough to be transported if necessary. Additional information around the insect's life cycle and other interesting facts can be included separately in the display.

Things You'll Need

  • Detailed diagram of mosquito
  • Modeling clay or foam in at least four colors (foam is lighter)
  • Golf ball
  • Glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black marker -- permanent and thin
  • Toothpicks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Bendable straw
  • Craft wire (can be found where beading supplies are sold)
  • Paintbrush
  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pen

How to Make a Model Mosquito

  • Mold the head, thorax and abdomen to match the body shapes in the diagram. Make each portion a different color to allow for greater visual impact. Roll small portions of the fourth color into small balls for the eyes. Lightly roll these eyes over the surface of the golf ball to create a faceted effect. Apply the eyes to the head with glue.

  • Cut aluminum foil into the shape of the wings. Draw the veins and black dots onto each wing with a permanent black marker. Glue wings to a toothpick so a small portion of the toothpick extends beyond the bottom of each wing. Set aside to dry.

  • Draw thin black lines around the abdomen to create the insect's banded look. Draw small lines on the thorax for the bristles. Shape the pipe cleaners into legs and attach to the thorax by pressing into the clay/ foam body. Add glue as necessary to hold legs in place. Test to make sure the pipe cleaners will support the thorax. Adjust as appropriate.

  • Cut pipe cleaners into the correct lengths for the antennae and attach them to the head by pressing them into the clay. Use the craft wire to create the palps and attach them to the head in the same way. Cut the straw to the correct length and attach to the head as the proboscis. Add a dab of glue at where each item is pressed into the clay to ensure the items stay attached.

  • Glue the head, thorax and abdomen together. Add the wings and glue in place as necessary. Adjust the legs to ensure the mosquito can stand. Set aside to dry completely. Add labels as needed.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Make a Stick Bug Model

    Stick insects use camouflage to hide from predators. These long, leggy insects look exactly like the twigs of the trees that are...

  • How to Create a 3D Model

    3D models are used in many different fields and for an array of purposes., such as television, motion pictures, video games and...

  • How to Make an Insect Out of Recycled Materials

    Recycling is an important step to protecting our environment, but it is also a great way to make inexpensive and distinctive projects....

  • How to Make a 3D Honey Bee Model

    Honeybees are social insects vital to the health of many plants and ecosystems. They pollinate flowers as they move from one to...

  • Do-It-Yourself Mosquito Misting

    Mist spraying is especially useful for large areas as well as residential places. Both adult mosquitoes and their larva respond to the...

  • How to Make a Model of a Praying Mantis

    The praying mantis is a formidable insect that is frightening to look at and interesting to watch. A great visual aide while...

  • Ideas for School Projects on Insects

    Each learning year for your child brings new challenges both educationally and creatively. Finding the right science project can be a difficult...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Can You Take Advantage Of Student Loan Forgiveness?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!