What do entomologists actually do? So many things! Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the entomology lab at the University of Minnesota.
What you'll do
Entomology is the study of insects. There are WAY more insects on earth than there are people. Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, cockroaches, bed bugs and flies are just a few. Insects play a big part in our earth's ecosystem and food supply.
You can study one species, pollinators, threats to insect survival, diseases transmitted by insects or even how insects can be used to solve crimes!
Levels of learning
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Know how insects are grouped into orders
- Beehives are like cities, with thousands of citizens. They communicate, they work together, and they are organized, with leaders and workers, just like a city.
- Enter an entomology project in a science or technology fair.
- If you have a strong stomach, learn about forensic entomology, or using insects to find out how and when a person died.
- Find out how insects help produce the food you eat. What would happen to food production if the bees were gone?
4-H'ers sent in questions for Morgan and Alan, U researchers who study pollination. They answered questions such as, Which insects are the best pollinators? Can birds or lizards be pollinators?
A group of 4-H'ers studied how bees survive a Minnesota winter, and what beekeepers can do to help them.
Extending your learning
Are there insect issues in your town? Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about it. What do you propose to do about this problem? What should people know?
Fairs and exhibits
- The life cycle of an insect
- Threats to an insect species
- How are insects important to the food supply?
- Make and care for an ant farm
- Identify insect body parts and their functions
- Insects in current events
- What makes a healthy insect habitat?
- Make a specimen box
Reviewed in 2018