Entomology

 

This 4-H Project area has an array of ways to engage youth in learning about insects.  There are two complete curricula: (1) Teaming with Insects and (2) Project Butterfly WINGS.  You can learn more about these curricula below. 

Below these curricula at the heading, Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults,  the traditional 4-H entomology project youth manual has been replaced by on-line interactive tutorials, interactive quizzes, videos and reference materials that provide the basic knowledge of insects youth need to succeed in this project.  There are four Units covering Insect Anatomy, Insect Physiology: Respiration, Circulation, Digestion, Excretion, Molting and Metamorphosis, Insect Identification, and Collecting, Preserving & Displaying Insects

TEaming Wwith Insects CoverTeaming with Insects

Welcome to the fascinating world of insects. Insects are an important part of our ecosystem and a few, such as honey bees and silkworms, provide direct economic benefits. The Teaming with Insects series offers many educational experiences, from collecting and identifying insects to learning about integrated pest management and forensic entomology.

Project Butterfly Wings CoverProject Butterfly WINGS

Engage youth in science while learning about butterflies and their role in the environment, and our connection with them. Youth will contribute to authentic, hands-on collaborative research with scientists and participate in youth-lead inquiry.

 

Member Materials
First Year, see also "Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults" below
4-H Entomology Manual (4-H 3221)
Entomology- Teaming with Insects Level 1 (08440)
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Level 1
tutorial
Butterfly WINGS Youth Guide (08392) Butterfly Educational Resources - WINGS
4-H Entomology Record  download pdf (821-02R)

Second Year plus, see also "Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults" below
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Level 2 (08441)
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Level 2 tutorial
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Level 3 (08442)
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Level 3 tutorial
4-H Entomology Record  download pdf (821-02R)

Exhibit Materials
Go to contest/exhibit materials page

For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials
4-H Entomology Project Grades 4 - 6 Leader Guide download pdf (4-H 3221L)
Oregon 4-H Science Rich Handbook Series - Focus on the 4-H Entomology Project Entomology - Teaming with Insects Introduction tutorial
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Facilitators Guide (08443)
Entomology - Teaming with Insects Facilitators Guide tutorial
Butterfly WINGS Facilitator Guide (08393)
Inviting Butterflies Into Your Garden

Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults

An Introduction to the Oregon 4-H Entomology Project

The Oregon 4-H Entomology Project Units and their associated resources are provided below.  References used in all four units are:

  1. 4-H Entomology Project Leader Guide 4-H3221L
  2. Getting to Know the Insects

Unit 1 Insect Anatomy

  1. Insect Anatomy interactive tutorial
  2. OSU Extension Umatilla Co.: External and Internal Morphology 
  3. Insect Anatomy interactive quiz

Unit 2 Insect Physiology: Respiration, Circulation, Digestion, Excretion, Molting and Metamorphosis

  1. OSU Extension Umatilla Co.: External and Internal Morphology 
  2. Insect Physiology, Life cycles, & Metamorphosis interactive quiz

Unit 3 Insect Identification

  1. Insect Identification interactive tutorial
  2. Oregon 4-H Key to the Orders of Insects printed material
  3. Insect Orders, Meanings and Common Names printed material
  4. Insect Identification interactive quiz
  5. Insect Identification Game

Unit 4 Collecting, Preserving & Displaying Insects

  1. Collecting Insects tutorial
  2. OSU Extension Umatilla Co.: Collecting Insects
  3. OSU Extension Umatilla Co.: Essential Materials Needed for Storing and Displaying Insects
  4. Collecting Equipment for Insects
              a. 4-H How to make an Insect Net
              b. 4-H How to make a Killing Jar
              c. 4-H How to make a Relaxing Jar
              d. 4-H How to make Pinning Blocks
              e. OSU Extension Umatilla Co. Video Collecting Insects:  Tools and Supplies
  5. Collecting Methods Videos
              a. Sweep Net Technique for Collecting Specimen
              b. Beat Sheet Technique for Collecting Specimen
              c. Traps and Lights for Collecting Specimen
  6. Preserving Insects - Handouts
              a. 4-H How to Pin Adult Insects
              b. 4-H How to Point Adult Insects
              c. 4-H How to Spread Winged Insect
              d. 4-H How to Preserve Immature and soft bodied insects
              e. OSU Extension Umatilla Co. Pinning and Labeling Insects
  7. Preserving Insects - Videos
              a. Pinning Medium and Large Insects video
              b. Purdue 4-H video  How to pin a Ground Beetle
              c. Pinning Small Insects (using points) video
              d. Pinning Moths and Butterflies
              e. Purdue 4-H video  How to pin a Silkworm Moth
              f. Purdue 4-H video  How to pin a Hornworm Moth
              g. Purdue 4-H video  How to pin a Damselfly
  8. Labeling and Displaying Insects
              a. 4-H How to Make a display box
              b. 4-H How to Label Insects
              c. 4-H How to Arrange Insects in a Display Box
              d. Insect Display Examples of Fair Exhibit Classes for Juniors, Intermediates and Senior
              e. Insect Orders, Meanings and Common Names
              f. Cut-out Insect Order Labels
              g. Cut-out Master for Insect Specimen Labels
              h. Cut-out Master for Insect Points
              i. OSU Extension Umatilla Co.: Essential Materials Needed for Storing and Displaying Insects
  9. Information on New Insects Form for Intermediate and Senior Exhibits
              a. Information on New Insects in Collection for Current Project Year
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