5th Year Judging Criteria

5th Year Judging Criteria

  1. Inclusion of an Insect Collection Catalogue--20 points.
  2. Labels--100 possible points.
  3. Condition of specimens--200 possible points; average collection 100 points. Considerations:
    1. correct pinning
    2. butterfly/moth wings properly spread (if applicable, not counted against if none in 5th year project)
    3. specimens not broken or tattered
  4. Overall appearance--100 possible points; average collection 50 points. Considerations:
    1. Specimens neatly displayed and pinning bottom condition not stained or peppered with holes Specimens don't have to be in columns but they must be organized (e.g., if specimens are in a "lifelike" habitat, they should be placed where they belong)
    2. Pinning bottom doesn't have to be a solid color like the other years but should not be stained; it should have a neat appearance
  5. Development of the theme--200 possible points. There should be a title and a few paragraphs explaining the box: why the theme was chosen, description of the theme as if to someone who knows nothing about it (or even about insects) and the importance of the theme. The display box should contain the title, but the short statement can be in the box or in the catalogue.
  6. Score for the collection last 500 points depend on what type of special collection has been created. Score breakdown may include:
    1. One-order collection (e.g., all beetles), maximum 40 specimens--12.5 possible points/specimen. 1/2 point for correct order, 4 points for correct common name, 4 points for family name,4 points for special information (e.g., pest of ____, larvae protect themselves with stinging hairs, etc.)
    2. Multi-order collection (e.g., camouflage, aquatic insects, insects in a particular crop such as soybeans, soil insects, beneficial insects, pollinators, etc.), maximum 25 specimens--construction of habitat: 100 possible points (include pressed plants or draw plants in bottom of box or draw or construct other type of habitat such as soil, aquatic, etc.); specimen identification: 2 points for order, 4 points for common name, 10 points for how insect survives in the habitat
    3. Life cycle (social insects like wasps, bees, ants, termites or solitary insects)--l25 points for number and length of instars: 25 points--tell whether gradual, complete metamor phosis; 25 points for how they live--singly, groups or colonial; 75 points for generations per year, why/how over winter; 75 points for natural enemies; 50 points for food sources and 25 bonus points for any other information (besides correctness). Total points will only be granted if 4-H'er uses actual specimens (pictures will not count as much).
    4. Insect/human interactions or cultural entomology (e.g., insect products we use; insecticides; careers in entomology; insect influence in art, jewelry, history, medicine, Bible, etc.; new techniques such as embedding insects; insect photography). This type of display will be somewhat subjective. Use as many actual specimens as possible. Do new techniques yourself. In the case of a literature search (e.g., historical), sum up and make captions; don't just paste copied captions (but use reference). Points will be assigned according to creativity, quality of box and amount of time and effort involved in project.

4-H Entomology Collection Score Sheet (5th Year)
Extra points will not be awarded for specimens above the numbers listed in the project manual.

Year ______
Class No.______
Entry No.______

Identification of Exhibit_________________________________________

1. Catalogue of specimens (20 points) ______
2. Labels (100 points) ______
3. Condition of specimens (200 points possible; 100 points average) ______
4. Overall appearance (100 points possible; 50 points average) ______
5. Development of the theme (200 points possible) ______
6. Core points (500 points possible) ______

TOTAL POINTS ( 1,120 points possible)

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