Entomology is an interest of yours if you’ve ever chased butterflies or caught ladybugs to get a closer look at them. You’ve been attracted to the largest group of organisms on earth – insects – and the 4-H entomology project may be just for you.

Entomology, Level 1

In this level, you’ll learn about insects, their behavior and their life history. As you learn about the parts of insects, you’ll discover different ways of collecting insects, observe their behavior and differences, learn how insects communicate, how they see, about their habits, how to control them and how they move.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level may take up to three years to complete. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and participate in two entomology project leadership experiences each year (such as giving a demonstration, participating in a judging activity, taking a tour, exhibiting your project, or attending a workshop).

MATERIALS

M Teaming with Insects, Level 1, BU8440, $6.45
L  Teaming with Insects Facilitator’s Guide, BU8443, $6.45

Entomology, Level 2

You’ll have fun assembling proper collecting equipment, locating places where insects can be found, collecting insects at night and learning how to pin and label. You’ll also discover how insects use color to communicate, understand what insects eat and see how they develop and grow. You’ll build an extractor and a separator, learn how to read insect control labels and explore careers in entomology.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You’ll need to complete a minimum of seven activities and participate in at least two leadership experiences, for Levels 1-3. The level may take as long as three years to complete.

MATERIALS

M Teaming with Insects, Level 2, BU8441, $6.45
L Teaming with Insects Facilitator’s Guide, BU8443, $6.45

Entomology, Level 3

The activities in Level 3 will challenge you to explore areas of the project you haven’t experienced before. You may need additional resources to complete some of the activities. In this level, you’ll learn how to raise mealworms with different amounts of food, observe a colony of ants, manipulate bee behavior, organize an insect club, make an identification key that others can use and explore how insects detect different odors. You’ll plant a butterfly garden, raise mosquitoes in a rearing chamber and find and prepare a spider’s web for display.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Remember, you must complete a minimum of seven activities and two leadership experiences each year (such as giving a demonstration, participating in a judging activity, taking a tour, exhibiting your project or attending a workshop). This level may take as many as three years to complete.

MATERIALS

M Teaming with Insects, Level 3, BU8442, $6.45
L Teaming with Insects Facilitator’s Guide, BU8443, $6.45
Entomology Independent Study
Teaming with Insects Facilitator’s Guide, BU8443, $6.45 This Guide provides practical tips, 14 group activities and supplementary information. Youth compare the leaping abilities of humans and insects, rear and release monarch butterflies, explore how insects transmit disease, study insect behavior, learn insect words, participate in a night safari and develop an insect promotion campaign.

ADDITIONAL PROJECT MATERIALS

M Cut-out labels for insect collections, 2FM227, $0.25 or download
M Blank entomology labels, 2FM228, $0.25 or download
S Collecting, Mounting and Displaying Insects in 4-H, 5282, $2.75

BEEKEEPING RESOURCES

All available to download, 4HDL02, Extension online store:
Understanding the Honey Bee, download only
Working with Honey Bees, download only
4-H Beekeeping Helper’s Guide, download only
Advanced Beekeeping Methods, download only
The New Starting Right with Bees, purchase publication online http://store.beeculture.com/the-new-starting-right-with-bees