Projects due Wednesday, July 17th 4 to 7 pm
State Fair Exhibits:
State fair exhibits will be: one collection and one poster for each level (grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9 and up) for a maximum of 6 exhibits - a total of 3 collections and 3 posters
New ----Reference manual – ID 401 “ How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection”
You may buy insect cards, labels and bug boxes from the Extension Office.
1. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section, the “Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules” section, and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms” section.
2. Display specimens in 18" x 24" box(s) orientated horizontally, with your personal identification (name, grade, and county) in the lower right hand corner.
3. Display boxes are expected to include the specified number of insects and orders . Use the orders listed in the reference material (above), which are found on page 57 in ID-401 and the Table of Contents in 4-H-764.
4. Pin Labels: Each pin or vial must contain two labels: Top label is to include collection date, location, and collector name. Bottom label is to include common name and other optional identification data. Collect, mount (pins or vials), and identify insects personally collected in the U.S. only.
5. All insects must be in the adult stage and be properly mounted on insect pins or be contained in vials as directed.
6. Insects must be properly grouped for display, based on your grade. For example, 4-H members in grade 5 should group the insects identified to order. If your insects are identified to order and family, first put all insects of the same order together, then group those in the same family, and then group insects with the same common name.
7. Cards A-F (for grades 3-8) are to be placed inside the display box in an attractive manner. ID 401-I cards, (for grades 9-12), should be placed in the lower right hand corner of box #1.
8. Box Labels: Box labels (computer generated or neatly printed) are used for orders and families as required (see chart below) and are to be placed flat against the bottom of the box. Insects must be properly grouped directly under the correct order and family box label. For example, all insects belonging to a particular order must be placed under that order label. Orders to be used are listed in the reference book ID- 401. If family level identification is required, the insects should be further grouped together under that family label. When multiple boxes are used: list the box order (i.e. box 1 of 3 boxes) and include your name in each box .
9. One educational box, based on the theme given, below, is required for grades 9-12, in addition to the insect collection boxes. This box can be created in any manner chosen (without the mounting, pinning or identifying restrictions specified above).
10. If you choose to add the insect scientific name (this is not required) they must be written properly: either in italics or underscored. The Genus (first name) must have the first letter capitalized. The species (second name ) has no capitalization.
11. Attach the county’s official 3” x 4" project label in the lower right hand corner of the display in the box
Exactly 10 insects, identified and pinned on cards (ID 401A) Maximum - 1 box.
Exactly 20 insects, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all
insects by common name and identify five to order. Include card ID 401B. Maximum – 1 box.
Exactly 30 insects mounted (pins or vials). Identify insects by common name and identify 15 to order. Maximum - 1 box. Include card ID401 C.
Exactly 40 insects, exhibit a minimum of 6 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Include ID 401D. Maximum 2 boxes.
Exactly 50 insects, exhibit a minimum of 8 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Identify ten insects to family. Include card ID 401E. Maximum 2 boxes.
Exactly 60 insects, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name and order. Identify 30 to family. Include card ID401F. Maximum 2 boxes.
Exactly 70 insects, mounted (pins or vials) exhibit a minimum of 12 orders. Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. One educational box: theme - insect behavior. Maximum 3 collection boxes and 1 educational box. Include card ID 401I.(1-3 collection boxes plus 1 educational box*). Place 401I in first collection box only.
Exactly 80 insects, exhibit a minimum of 14 orders, mounted (pins or vials). Identify all insects by common name, order, and family. One educational box. Theme – insect pest management. Include card ID 401I. Place 401I in first collection box only. Maximum 3 collection boxes and 1 educational box.
Exactly 90 mounted (pins or vials) a minimum of 16 orders. Identify all insects by common name, order , and family. One educational box. Theme- insects in the environment.
Include card ID 401I. (1-3 collection boxes plus 1 educational box*). Place 401I in first collection box only. Maximum 3 collection boxes and 1 educational boxes.
Grade 12 & up
Exactly 100 mounted (pins or vials) insects, a minimum of 18 orders. Identify all insects by common name, order , and family . One educational box. Theme - benefits of insects.
Include card ID 401I. (1-3 collection boxes plus 1 Educational box*). Place 401I in first collection box only. Maximum 3 collection boxes and 1 educational boxes.
1. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section, the “Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules” section, and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms” section 2. Posters must have the title of (use that topic for your exhibit title) and be about one of the activities listed below:
Beginners – Grades 3-5
1. Big Mouth Bugs-Show the 4 different mouth styles that you studied. Include the completed chart describing mouth types, an insect that has this mouth type, the food that they eat, and where these insects might be found.
2. Pit Stop-Make two pit
traps and use them to collect insects. Exhibit your completed record sheet. You
can use the format for your
data collection, or make
your own. Include some of the insects, or pictures of your trap and the insects collected.
3. Buz-z-zing Around-Present three to five ways that insects communicate. Include an insect, or picture of each insect that communicates in each of the ways you are describing.
4. FACETnating!-Show how insects see (compound eyes) and explain how they see colors.
5. Ants and Uncles-Compare insects with their non-insect relatives, or pictures of them, on your poster.
6.Chirp, Chirp-Watch and listen to the crickets for five minutes, three times a day, for three days. Include day and night observations. Record what you see and hear.
Intermediate – Grades 6-8
1.Collecting Insects-Use two of the insect collecting traps described in activity 2 (Berlese Funnel Insect Trap), Acitivity 3 (Modified Wilkinson Trap), Activity 4(Fruit Bat) or Activity 5(Light Attractor) to collect insects. Exhibit a picture of your traps nd an Insect Collection Data Chart that gives the trap location (for example, in the basement or in the back yard), date collected, and insects collected.
2.Spread your wings and fly-Make and use a spreading boardExhibit pictures of your spreading board and three butterflies or moths that you prepared using your board.
3.Invasive Species Investigations-Create and informational exhibit about one (Indiana) invasive insect. Include the information requested in the activity (13 questions on page 29).
4. Insect Experiments -- Complete one of the following activities: Activity 8 (Color My World), Activity 9 (Sowbug Investigations), or Activity 10 (Life's Stages). Exhibit your data sheet and answers to the "Talk It Over" questions. For activities 8 and 9 include your hypothesis and a conclusive statement about your hypothesis (indicate if it was proved or disproved).
5.A Sticky Situation --Make and use sticky traps for four weeks as described in Activity 13. Exhibit your data sheet and the answers to "Talk It Over" questions.
6. Footprint Clues -- Study the tracks of 3 different species of insect and one arthropod as described in Activity 14. Exhibit your data sheet and the answers to "Talk It Over" questions
Advanced – Grades 9 & up
1. The Scientific Method - Use the scientific method to complete one of the problems listed in Activity 3. Describe what you did to complete the five scientific method steps and include your data and drawings or pictures of your experiment.
2. Transecting for Insects - Compare three habitats using the scientific method to determine which one has the most terrestrial insect activity. Display your transect data sheet for each habitat and answer the "Talk It Over" questions.
3. Please Drop In -- Create your own hypothesis and collect insects in five pitfall traps to prove or disprove your hypothesis, as described in Activity 7. Display how you completed your experiment (including each step in the scientific method) and your data for each habitat.
4. Aliens Among Us -- Complete the "Natives vs Non-natives Survey Data Sheet" by checking two boxes (Native or non-native and damage or no damage) for five
native and five non-native insects as shown in Activity 9. Answer the "Talk It Over" questions.
5. IMP -- Learning and Teaching - Make an informational flier and use it to teach younger 4-H members about five insect pests that might be found in a home or school in your county. Exhibit your flier, lesson plan, and photograph of you teaching. Answer the "Talk It Over" questions.
6. Meal from a Worm -- Use the scientific method to study how mealworm larvae grow. Include your hypothesis, data charts, and conclusions. Answer the "Talk It Over" questions.
Independent Study – do 1 or 2
1. Advanced topic - Learn all that you can about a topic of your choice and present it on a poster or in an Entomology box. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Entomology- Independent Study”.
2. Mentoring – Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encourage. Title your poster , ”Advanced Entomology-Mentor-”.
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