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Entomology

January 21, 2020

STATE FAIR ENTRIES:
Grades 3 through 5 - one (1) collection and one (1) poster
Grades 6 through 8 – one (1) collection and one (1) poster
Grades 9 through l2 - one (l) collection and one (1) poster

Reference materials available in the Extension Office:
     4-H 764 INSECTS-How to Collect, Preserve and Identify Insects.
     ID-401-How To Make An Awesome Insect Collection. Available for sale $35, call Extension Office to order. 
     Insect boxes -$18.00 each. (Glass not included).

4-H member is required to complete 3 activities in their 4-H Entomology manual per year.

Completed record sheets and manuals are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/ manuals will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

EXHIBIT REQUIREMENT:

INSECT COLLECTION OPTION
Title your collection: Insect Collection—Grade __ (what your grade in school is as of January 1 of the current year.)

Use the orders listed in the reference material above, which are found on page 57 of ID-401.

Collect, mount (pins or vials) and identify insects personally collected in the U.S. only.

Display your best specimens in a 18" x 24" box(es) orientated horizontally, with a label in the lower right hand corner (name, grade, and county).

When multiple boxes are used: list the box order (i.e. “box 1 of 3 boxes, and include your name in each box.

ID 401 A-F Cards (for grades 3-8) and ID 401- I cards (for grades 9-12) are to be placed inside the display box in an attractive manner.

Collection display boxes are expected to include the specified number of insects, families and orders specified.

All insects must be in the adult stage and be properly mounted on insect pins or be contained in vials as directed.

Each pin or vial must contain two labels: 1) Top label is to include collection date, location and collector name. 2) Bottom label is to include common name and other optional identification data.

Box labels (computer generated or neatly printed) are used for orders and families as required, and are to be placed flat against the bottom of the box. Insects must be properly grouped directly under the correct order and family box label. For example, all insects belonging to a particular order must be placed under that order label. Orders to be used are listed in the reference book, ID-401. If family level identification is required, the insects should be further grouped together under that family label.

One educational box, based on the theme given per grade, is required for grades 9-12, in addition to the insect collection boxes.

Grade 3 -10 insects, identified and pinned on cards. (ID 401A) One (1) box maximum.

Grade 4 -20 insects, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and identify five (5) to order. Include card ID 401B. One (1) box maximum.

Grade 5 -30 insects, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and identify 15 to order. Include ID 401C. One (1) box maximum.

Grade 6 -40 insects, exhibit a minimum of 6 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Include ID 401D. Two (2) boxes maximum.

Grade 7 -50 insects, exhibit a minimum of 8 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Identify ten (10) to family. Include card ID 401E. Two (2) boxes maximum.

Grade 8 -60 insects, exhibit a minimum of 10 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Identify 30 to family. Include card ID 401F. Two (2) boxes maximum.

Grade 9 -70 insects, exhibit a minimum of 12 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. Include card ID-401-I in 1st collection box only. Three (3) boxes maximum, plus one (1) educational box with the theme “Insect Behavior”.

Grade 10 -80 insects, exhibit a minimum of 14 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. Include card ID-401-I in 1st collection box only. Three (3) insect boxes maximum, plus one (1) educational box with the theme “Insect Pest Management.”

Grade 11 -90 insects, exhibit a minimum of 16 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. Include card ID-401-I in 1st collection box only. Three (3) boxes maximum, plus one (1) educational box with the theme “Insects in the Environment”.

Grade 12 -100 insects, exhibit a minimum of 18 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. Include card ID-401-I in 1st collection box only. Three (3) boxes maximum, plus one (1) educational box with the theme “Benefits of Insects”.

POSTER OPTION
Refer to 4-H Poster Construction Rules on page 24 of your handbook for correct procedure on how to construct your 4-H poster.
Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative subtitle if you wish.

ENTOMOLOGY 1: Grades 3, 4 & 5
Display a poster based on one of the following activities:

ENTOMOLOGY 2: Grades 6, 7 & 8
Display a poster based on one of the following activities:

ENTOMOLOGY 3: Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
Display a poster based on one of the following activities:

INDEPENDENT STUDY:
Advanced topic: Learn all you can about a topic of your choice and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Entomology”.

Mentoring: Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Entomology—Mentor”.
 

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