Entomology projects help youths develop skills including observation, research and teamwork. By exploring diverse habitats, youths also discover the synergistic relationship between insects and the trees and flowers they pollinate.
The same scientific principles reinforce school studies that explore the biological activities of eating, mating, laying eggs, metamorphosis and death. Insects are the most abundant animals on earth with more than one million different identified species. They live in just about every situation and habitat.
Masters of camouflage, many insects use color and shape to survive. Some, like the Walking Stick, blend easily into their surroundings. Others, like the Ladybug, use bright colors to frighten predators. The approach of warmer weather signals the start of the active portion of the life cycle for many insects.
At the same time, 4-H groups around the state are pulling out nets and identification guides in hopes of adding to their collections. 4-H youths can enter their entomology collections into competition at the Kentucky State Fair.
Boy and girls scouts can get lots of work done on an entomology badge by attending this workshop. This workshop is open to all youth ages 7-18. To register please call the Trigg County extension Office at 522-3269, by June 7. You can also email Tramble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
This press release was submitted by Janeen Tramble, Trigg County 4-H Youth Development Agent.