About the 4-H Entomology Project
There are more kinds of insects in the world than all other organisms combined! Insects live on the earth's surface, in the soil, and in water - in deserts, rain forests, hot springs, snow fields, and dark caves. Learn all about insects and their relationships to people, as well as how to collect, identify, and preserve insects.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Entomology Project Manuals
You can learn more about insects by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level or years in the project:
- Entomology Level 1 (Grades 3-5/Years 1-3)
- Entomology Level 2 (Grades 6-8/Years 4-6)
- Entomology Level 3 (Grades 9-12/Years 7-10)
- Entomology Facilitator’s Guide
Entomology projects can be completed by years of experience in the project instead of grade level. Even if you are an older 4-H member, you can start at the beginner level depending on your experience in the project.
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create an insect collection and/or poster to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County 4-H Showcase.
- Entomology project exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Required forms that must be included with your exhibit can be found on the Indiana 4-H Entomology project page (scroll down to “Forms”).
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
- Insect Collection Score Card (Grades 3-8/Years 1-6)
- Insect Collection Score Card (Grades 9-12/Years 7-10)
- Entomology Poster or Display Score Card
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Entomology project exhibits from 4-H members grades 3 and up may advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Purdue’s Mini 4-H Bugs Manual. In this project activity guide, explore some of the things that make bugs similar to each other as well as some of the differences between bugs. Find out how bugs hide in plain sight and discover what happens to bugs in winter.
- You can exhibit any and as many of the activities you complete in the Mini 4-H Bugs Manual.
- Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Entomology Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s Entomology project page for more resources, including how to preserve insects, insect flash cards, how to purchase insect boxes, and more!