Bug or Insect: Do you know the difference (4H4110)
The Insectigator encourages families to go outside and investigate wildlife around them. It provides an opportunity for youth to explore and investigate the natural world we live in. It was created for beginning entomologists, especially those between 8 and 11 years old. It can also be used with younger youth with an adult. Anyone who has an interest in insects is encouraged to use this manual, regardless of age.
Clubs can use the manual and contents for club activities or project demonstrations. Youth are encouraged to do their investigation in groups and share their findings with other club members. Fair examples are included.
Educators working in a classroom will find the national school standards in science and language arts listed in each activity. Activities introduce youth to entomology and the insect’s role within our environment. It gives an opportunity to experience scientific investigation firsthand.
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Comments from the Author
Insects are truly fascinating creatures! They are colorful and mysterious, and are capable of many things that are impossible for humans. These are only a few of the reasons that I wanted to share my curiosity about insects with others.
This manual was developed as part of my Master’s Degree in Entomology. As I began to work through my courses, I was constantly gaining knowledge that encouraged further exploration. As you begin to read through this manual, you will learn the basics of entomology, the study of insects.
Numerous activities in this manual give both youth and adults the opportunity to spend time together exploring what is living in their back yard. I encourage you to work through these activities with friends and family members. Challenge each other to discover the most unique insect. Scientists always enjoy sharing their findings with others!
4-H members are encouraged to use the activities that are included as fair projects in addition to or in place of insect collections. I found it much easier to successfully complete an insect collection after I had a more comprehensive understanding of the creatures I was working with.
I hope that you enjoy the fun and fascinating facts about insects. Insects play a large role in the environment as well as provide many products for humans. Before you scream and step on the next insect you see, take a few moments and think about how insects can help you.