Entomology

Superintendent-Jim Kalisch, Lincoln 
Assistant Superintendent-Fred Baxendale, Lincoln


Rules

  1. Specimens in display collections should be mounted properly and labeled with location, date of collection, name of collector, and order name. Follow mounting and labeling instructions in the Nebraska 4-H Entomology Manual. Boxes are preferred to be 12" high X 18" wide, and landscape orientation, so they fit in display racks. Purchase of commercially-made boxes is allowed. All specimens must be from the collector.
  2. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to the State Fair. Exhibitors may, and should, correct and update collections for competition at the State Fair.
  3. Premier 4-H Science Award is available in this area. Please see General Rules for more details.

Classes

DIVISION 800 - ENTOMOLOGY

  1. Entomology Display, First-Year Project (Class I). Collection to consist of 25 or more different kinds (species) of insects representing at least 6 orders. Limit of one box. 
  2. Entomology Display, Second-Year Project (Class II). Collection to consist of a minimum of 50 kinds (species) of insects representing at least 8 orders. Replace damaged or poorly mounted specimens. About 25 species should be present from after July 1 of the previous year. Limit 2 boxes. 
  3. Entomology Display, Third-Year or More Project (Class III). Collection to consist of a minimum of 75 kinds (species) of insects representing at least 10 orders. Replace damaged or poorly mounted specimens. About 25 species should be present from after July 1 of previous year. Limit of 3 boxes. 
  4. Special Interest Display (Class IV). Educational display developed according to interests and abilities. Each display should be self-explanatory so that the audience can understand it without help. Examples include a specialty collection of insects by group (e.g. butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, scarab beetles) or by subject (e.g. insect pests of corn, aquatic insects, insect mimicry). Other displays include a research project with a report, a journal of an entomological activity, a poster display, an insect scrapbook, or artwork. Research project reports should discuss methods, results, and what was learned. Poster displays should be no larger than 22" x 28". Three-dimensional displays such as artwork, models and dioramas are restricted to a base area no larger than 22” x 28” and a height of no more than 24”. Artwork should include brief information about the work. 
  5. Insect Habitats (Class V). Habitats consist of any hand-crafted objects, made of natural or artificial materials, placed outdoors, which promote or conserve insects in the environment. Insects may include bee pollinators, butterflies, beneficial insects, etc. A one-page report must accompany the exhibit. 
  6. Macrophotography (Class VI). Subjects should be insects, spiders or other arthropods, or any nests, webs or constructions they make. All exhibit prints should be 8½” x 11” and mounted on rigid, black 11” X 14” poster or mat board. Either orientation is acceptable. No frames are allowed. A short caption explaining the subject, printed on white paper, should be glued below the print on the poster or mat board.