Insect Identification Contest

Superintendent – Jim Kalisch, Lincoln


Rules

  • Participant Eligibility:
    • Participant must be 10 years old on January 1of the current year.
    • Contestants must be 4-H members at the time of the contest.
    • Contestant eligibility will be verified by county extension staff.
  • Participants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $5/person. 
  • Participants will be notified of the location of the contest prior to State Fair. 
  • General rules from the 4-H section of the Nebraska State Fair apply.

Age Divisions

  • F500031 Intermediate: 4-H'ers must be 10-13 by January 1 of the current year. 
  • F500030 Senior: 4-H'ers must be 14-18 by January 1 of the current year.

Contest Guidelines

  • Participants may enter only as an individual. 
  • Individuals compete according to their age division.
  • Members do NOT need to be enrolled in a 4-H Entomology project to participate.
  • Contestants will have at least an hour to identify 50-60 insect specimens. Identifications will be scored strictly by the names given on the Specimen List, as common names may vary according to resources studied. 
  • Contestants will identify specimens by common name only, and will use a key consisting of eligible orders and insects from which to write the corresponding letter (for order) and number (for insects) on an answer sheet. Every 5th specimen will have a multiple-choice insect knowledge question about the insect. The question may require the meaning of the order name, type of antennae, legs or mouthparts, kind of metamorphosis, a fact about biology, or the scientific name of the specimen. Scoring: Each correct order answer is worth 1 point, and each correct insect answer is worth 1 point. Each multiple-choice question is worth 2 points. 
  • Contestants will not be allowed to touch specimens during the contest. 
  • Ties will be broken with a supplemental tie-breaker section at the end of the contest answer sheet consisting of 10 specimens to identify to order along with 2 insect knowledge questions. These specimens will be much more difficult to identify. 
  • Contestants must bring their own pencil or pen.

Resources


Awards

Individuals for both age divisions:

  • Medals: Gold (1st), Silver (2nd), Bronze (3rd)
  • Placement Ribbons: 1st through 10th place individual ribbons