To complete Unit 1, you must finish at least three of the
following optional activities. This part of Unit I will
expand your basic knowledge of entomology, while giving
you as much free choice as possible. These activities should
be done with the knowledge and approval of your 4-H project
- Make an insect-collecting net. An insect-collecting net will allow you to collect flying and jumping
insects without damaging their parts.
- Construct an insect storage box. An insect
storage box provides a safe place to keep a long-term
insect collection in usable form.
- Construct an insect display box. This activity will
help you learn the parts of a display box suitable for
exhibiting an insect collection. The box can also be
used as a storage box.
- Rear a wild insect. Rearing a wild insect will help
you learn some things about insect life cycles. Collect
a young worm or bug from a natural host plant. Keep
that insect in a quart glass jar and add new host plant
material as needed. The jar can be covered with a
paper towel held in place by a rubber band. Observe
the insect feeding and the changes it goes through
until it becomes an adult.
- Make an arthropod collection. Insects are a class
in the Phylum Arthropoda. They are close relatives of
the animals which are similar to, but not exactly like,
insects. These animals make up the other classes of
the Phylum Arthropoda. These classes are:
- Arachnida--spiders, mites, ticks, daddy long
legs, scorpions and tarantulas.
- Chilopoda--centipedes--one pair of legs per
- Diplopoda--millipedes--two pairs of legs per
- Symphyla--tiny centipede-like organisms but
only 11-12 pairs of legs.
- Crustacea--crayfish, sowbugs, waterfleas, lobsters, etc.
- You may have as many different specimens as you wish, but
you must have one specimen from four of the classes. Symphyla
are very small and hard to find, so it is not necessary to
have them in your collection.