Natal Bean Discrimination by Bean Beetles (Instructor Materials Preparation)*

Lab Materials

This is the prep for one section of 24 students.

Bean Beetles

Side bench: containers of assorted beans: garbanzo bean, black beans, mung beans, baby lima beans, split green peas, black eyed peas

To share between students: cultures of bean beetles, male and female adults. Bean beetles can be purchased from Carolina Biological. Information for care of bean beetles to maintain your own culture can be found here:

Students will do this part in table teams (groups of 4).

Materials Quantity Notes
 large Petri dish (experimental chamber)  1 per table
 soft forceps  1-2 per table
 small paint brush  1-2 per table
 hand held lens  1-2 per table