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4-H clover 4-H Entomology Project


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


Cool videos

Behind the scenes at the U entomology lab

What do entomologists actually do? So many things! Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the entomology lab at the University of Minnesota.

U entomologists answer your questions

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?

What do bees do in the winter?

A group of 4-H'ers studied how bees survive a Minnesota winter, and what beekeepers can do to help them. 

Entomology playlist

See our playlist of insect videos on Youtube. 

Extending your learning


Fairs and exhibits


Future study and careers

You could study entomology, biology, environmental science or another natural science.

Entomologists may work with animals, with crops, in a forestry company, as exterminators, in forensics or in a laboratory.

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