Entomology

Superintendent: Jim Kalisch 
Assistant Superintendent: Wayne Ohnesborg

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

  • H800001 - Entomology Display, First-Year Project - Collection to consist of 25 or more different kinds (species) of insects representing at least 6 orders. Limit of one box. 
  • H800002 - Entomology Display, Second-Year Project - 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. 
  • H800003 - Entomology Display, Third-Year or More Project - 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. 
  • H800004 - Special Interest Display - Educational display developed according to personal interests and/or advanced identification capability. This is also an opportunity to highligh favorite insects in a creative arrangement. Insects should conform to pinning and mounting standards as in Class 1-3 and be protected in an insect box. Each specialty display should include names of the insects, interesting information about them, and why the display was made. Advanced identification collections should have insets grouped with labels that corresponde with identification level (e.g. family, genus, species). A specialty collection may consist of insects by taxonomic group (e.g. butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, scarab beetles) or by host, subject, or habitat (e.g. insect pests of corn, aquatic insects, insect mimicry, insect galls, insect from goldenrod, insect pollinators. etc.). 
  • H800005 - Insect Habitats - 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 describing activities must accompany the exhibit. 
  • H800006 - Macrophotography - 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 or mat board framing is allowed. A caption of a few sentences should explain the subject and be printed on white paper and glued below the print on the poster board.
  • H800007 - Insect Poster/Display Exhibits - Exhibits can be posters or three-dimensional displays, and artistic creativity is encouraged. Posters should be no larger than 22" x 28". They should be instructional and can be attractive and have pictures, drawings, charts, or graphs. Posters and displays may show any aspect of insect life, habitat, or related conservation or management. Examples include life history and other facts about an insect; insect anatomy; how to manage insects in a farm, home, lawn, or garden setting; experiences rearing one kind of insect; survey of an important insect; insect behavior (ex. nesting, finding food, mobility, defenses, etc.); habitats (e.g. forests, grasslands, wetlands, rivers, or lakes) and what insects are found there, etc. Three-dimensional displays, such as dioramas, sculptures, models or decorative boxes should have a page of explanatory information accompanying them and fit within a 22” x 28” area.
  • H800008 - Reports or Journals - Reports and journals should be in a 3-ring binder. A report may be informational, that is, an original article about a favorite insect, a history of insect outbreaks, diseases caused by insects, insects as food, etc. Or, it may be a research report about an investigation or experiment done in a scientific manner. It then should have a basic introduction of the insect studied, methods used, observations, and results of the project. Tables, graphs and images are helpful to include. A journal is an observational study over a period of time with personal impressions. It may cover watching changes of kinds of butterflies over the summer, rearing a specific insect from egg to adult, managing a bee hive, observations of insects in a specific habitat, accounts of insect behavior in a forest or flower garden, etc.

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