Why Do Species Invade?
Queen Anne’s Lace is an invasive species because it matures faster than the surrounding plants and can outcompete other species.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- How does a plant that doesn’t originate here get here?
- How might animals spread the seeds of Queen Anne’s Lace?
- How can plants be in one area and grow in another area the next year?
- How are other plants affected when invasive species are in the area?
- Create a story, poem, song or play about how animals can transfer seeds from one plant to another area.
- Research how different animals or insects can transfer seeds or pollen from flowers and plants.
- Build a model of an animal that can demonstrate how seeds or pollen can be transferred in an ecosystem.
- USDA Plants Database: This USDA plants database entry contains data and facts regarding Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota L.).
- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Natural Resources Stewardship: This article contains information about the most common invasive species in Iowa.
- University of Minnesota Extension Identify Invasive Species site: This article contains information on identifying Queen Anne’s Lace as an invasive species.
Iowa Core Alignment
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