There are more
kinds of insects in the world than all other organisms combined.
They live on the earth's surface, in the soil, and in water. Insects
live in deserts, rain forests, hot springs, snow fields, and dark
caves. This project will help you study insect and their relationship
with people. You can also learn how to collect, preserve, and identify
pictures - collections - posters
Insect Orders - The book, How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection (ID-401) is the official Indiana 4-H reference for insect orders. See page 57 for the list of orders or pages 194-199 for some common insects and orders. 4-H 764 (How to Study, Collect, Preserve, and Identify Insects) may still be used and is a good resource for younger 4-H members. Note, however, that it lists three orders (Protura, Diplura, and Zoraptera) that are no longer on the accepted list. Online version: ID-401.
Manuals (Order from The Education Store)
- Creepy Crawlies, BU-6853
- What's Bugging You?, BU-6854
- Dragons, Houses, and Other Flies, BU-6855
- Helper's Guide, BU-6856
- National 4-H resource website
Indiana Entomology Project Leader's Guide - 4-H
- How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection! (ID-401) available:
- Who Let the Bugs Out? (ID-402) available:
- purchase from The Education Store (coming soon)
- Articles by Dr. Tom Turpin
- 4-H and Youth website from Purdue's Department of Entomology - This site is designed to provide Indiana's youth with a link to all of the entomological related programs offered. These include but are not limited to information on how to identify insects, how to create insect collections, special training activities, and other links of interest to youth and their leaders. It also provides sample quizzes for the Career Development Event (CDE).
- Order labels, Specimen labels, card points
(these are PDF)
- Specimen labels (Word document). Note - this document has the labels in table format. It might be easier to type the information on a blank document. In either case, you'll probably need to adjust the size (font) to make it right. A border is not required on the labels.
- Specimen labels (Word document) - with 3 different widths (different numbers of columns).
- Exhibit cards for 4-H members: third (3rd), fourth (4th), fifth (5th), sixth (6th), seventh (7th), eighth (8th) grade, and high school. You may also purchase these cards on card stock through the Education Store (see below).
- The following
are available for purchase through the Purdue Extension
Education Store. Enter the keyword
in the box after Search For:
- How to Study, Collect, Preserve and Identify Insects (4-H
764), Keywords: identify insects
specimen exhibit cards. Search for: entomology exhibit cards. The packet includes 12 mounting cards for youth in Grade 3, 3 identification cards, and 4 order cards.
boxes (4-H 763). Keywords: insect box
mounting kits --100 pins, 3 vials (4-H 763A). Keywords: insect
- Insect identification and information Flash Cards. Want a color print-out, but no color printer? Try putting the file on a CD and getting color printing priced at a local copy store.
- Make Your Own: entomology boxes and spreading boards
- Boxes from a commercial vendor
- Websites - governmental, societies, pest management...
- Publicaitons & Professional Societies
- Emerald ash borer website
- Asian Lady Beetle
Development Event (CDE ~ contest)
The book, Arthropod Collection & Identification, Laboratory
and Field Techniques is an excellent resource for 4-H entomology
members that are interested in collecting insects. The authors are
Purdue Entomology faculty, Dr. Chris Oseto and Dr. Tim Gibb. This
book includes chapters on: Equipment and Collecting Methods, Agents
for Killing and Preserving, Storage of Specimens, and a whole section
on Classification. ISBN-13:978-0-12-369545-1, ISBN-10:0-12-369545-7