Entomology is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Entomology.

Entomology 1
What you can do in this project: learn about insects, their behavior and life history; discover the parts of an insect’s body; collect and compare insects; explore how insects communicate and move.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 06853, Creepy Crawlies

Entomology 2
What you can do in this project: learn how an insect protects itself; explore insect habitats; create an insect display; build an insect extractor; investigate entomology careers.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 06854, What’s Bugging You?

Entomology 3
What you can do in this project: raise and study mealworms and mosquitoes; observe a colony of ants; make an insect identification key; record and collect aquatic insects; explore various gardens and habitats.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 06855, Dragons, Houses, & Other Flies

Entomology Leader
Resources: 06856, Entomology Group Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Entomology? Try the links below.

Entomology Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including entomology. The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA) also sponsors an annual hone bee poster contest that you might want to enter. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Entomology activities.

  • PDF file Going Buggy: Overview (2 pages, 71 KB) Overview of a series of 4-H Afterschool activities on “Going Buggy . . . With Insects,” including building a bug, taking a feeding hike, and doing a bug walk.
  • PDF file Going Buggy: Evaluation (3 pages, 72 KB) Instrument to evaluate the “Going Buggy . . . With Insects” series of 4-H Afterschool activities.
  • PDF logo Going Buggy: 4-H Project Box Contents (3 pages, 131 KB) List of lesson plans and materials to complete the five entomology activities in the “Going Buggy” 4-H Afterschool series.
  • PDF file Going Buggy: Bug Walk (2 pages, 87 KB) Youth learn that many insects walk by using their legs to create “alternating triangles.” Includes observing insect specimens with scopes and performing a “bug walk.”
  • PDF file Going Buggy: Hungry as a Caterpillar (2 pages, 92 KB) Youth learn that insects grow and develop as do all living things. Includes a feeding hike to see what caterpillars and other insects eat.
  • PDF file Going Buggy: I Spy, Describing Insects (2 pages, 76 KB) Youth identify physical and behavioral characteristics of insects. Includes building a cricket house and observing crickets.
  • PDF file Going Buggy: Lupine and Butterflies (2 pages, 118 KB) Youth are introduced to the concept that living things grow and develop. Includes studying the life cycle of a butterfly and creating a butterfly.
  • PDF file Going Buggy: Three Body Parts (2 pages, 65 KB) Youth name the three body parts common to all insects. Includes singing the bug body song and making a model of an insect.


County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Entomology Project. Just follow these links!

Dr. Frog’s Recipe Page
Site with many frog-approved bug-eating recipes!

Dragonflies & Damselflies
Information on the Insect Order Odonata, commonly known as dragonflies and damselflies.

Entomology Index: K-12 Educators’ Recommended Sites
Iowa State University site with useful links to more sites on insects.

Go Wild With Wisconsin Wildcards
An activity kit from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources that includes more than 250 “trading cards,” featuring some of Wisconsin’s plants, wildlife and special places. Great resource for helping Wisconsinites (of all ages) get to know their state and its natural resource issues.

Midnite Bee
This site is the beekeeper’s dream! Find articles, reports, products, events, and tips all related to bees.

National 4-H Entomology
List of insect sites that will interest kids.

Helpful resources and web links on insects.

Tiger Beetle World
Young Entomologists’ Society is a nonprofit, entomology youth education organization. This site provides a combination of programs, publications, and educational materials to enrich your insect and spider studies.

University of Kentucky Dept. of Entomology
Site designed for teachers, 4-H’ers, young people, and anyone else who wants to pursue an interest in entomology. Several articles give resources and basic information about insects and their relatives, while others outline activities with different insect themes.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Entomology
Guide to links for many veterinary entomology-related sites.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Insects
Site devoted to the “most successful life form on the planet.”

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Yucky Roach World
Information on a bug that many think is yucky, but this site thinks is cool.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Entomology Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several entomology resources that can be rented.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.