Insects! Bugs! Pollinators! Little critters like butterflies, spiders, bees, dragonflies and many others make up more than one-third of all organisms on earth. In this project, you'll identify insects around you and how they contribute to our world, do experiments, research and learn about careers in entomology.
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A brief interview between a graduate assistant and D2D Youth research team member about their collaboration on an investigation of monarch response to microclimate temperature variation on milkweed.
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Level 1: Beginning to learn about entomology
Learn the body parts of insects and what they do, pest management, why studying insects is important and solving crimes using insects!
Level 2: Some experience with entomology
Learn about how to collect insects, the amazing diversity of insect types, and gain a deeper appreciation for insects.
- Entomology - Teaming with insects level 2 ($5.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- How to build a butterfly garden (PDF)
Level 3: Looking for a challenge
Learn about doing research and in-depth study of insects, the scientific method and record-keeping, invasive species and teaching others about entomology.
- Entomology - Teaming with insects level 3 ($4.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Butterfly WINGS Youth Guide ($7.95 (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Beekeeping in Northern Climates: DVD and 2 manuals($47.50)
More online resources
- Project ideas and resources for exhibitors (University of MN Extension)
- How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection (Purdue Extension)
- Bees and Beekeeping in Tennessee
- Entomological Society of America
- Urban Integrated Pest Management Kids Corner
- National Invasive Species Information Center
- National Pest Management Association
- BioKids Critter Catalog (University of Michigan)
To get involved with the 4-H Entomology Project, contact your county 4-H office.
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