Online 4-H Learning Lab
Virtual Insect Collection
Practice pinning, pointing, and spreading insects to preserve them for scientific study!
Interactive Insect Collection Lab
Here’s where you’ll start your collection. Have fun!
Continue your exploration with material we’ve gathered for you!
Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can't See
There are so many creatures up there, they are so busy, so athletic, so tiny, that we had to fly up and give you a peek.
The Love Bugs
Over 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien, renowned entomologists, traveled to more than 67 countries, amassing the world’s largest private collection of insects.
Life of Insects | Attenborough: Life in the Undergrowth
BBC Earth: Sir David Attenborough reveals the world of insects such as ants, stick insects, beetles and digger bees.
Inspect an Insect
There are more insects in the world than any other kind of animal! In this episode of SciShow Kids, Jessi and Squeaks show you how to identify an insect, in three easy steps!
The World Under a Rock!
Check out life under a rock to see what you can learn about insects, spiders, and other animals!
How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly
You’ve seen caterpillars, and you’ve seen butterflies, but do you know how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly?
Why Do Stink Bugs Stink?
Learn more about stink bugs like what makes them stink.
Peek Inside the Strange, Secret World of Bugs | National Geographic
England’s New Forest holds some of the most remarkable creatures, but you might have to look under a rock to find them.
Insect Videos: Incredible Critters | National Geographic Kids
Discover the very best videos about insects YouTube has to offer.
What Is an Insect?
Royal Entomological Society.
What Is an Entomologist?
Royal Entomological Society.
Should We Eat Bugs? | Emma Bryce Ted-Ed
What's tasty, abundant and high in protein? Bugs!
Parts Of an Insect
Check out the different parts of an insect and learn how to draw them, from head to thorax to abdomen.
Why Are Insects Important?
Royal Entomological Society.
Beetle: Amazing Animals | National Geographic Kids
Beetles are the largest group of animals on Earth! Learn more amazing facts about the beetle in this video from National Geographic Kids.
Beauty Through the Microscope | National Geographic
National Geographic: Microsculpture—a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification.
The Bug Club: Sid the Science Kid | The Jim Hensen Company
Sid and Gabriella are outside exploring with their magnifying glasses, when they both realize they both love bugs and start a bug club!
Why Insects Are Good For the Planet | National Geographic
National Geographic Kids
Preparing Insects for Pinning
Insects that are dry have to be softened to pin. Watch this guide on how to relax insects to prepare them. NMSU Arthropod Collection
Setting Up a Relaxing Chamber
After being in the freezer, your insects may be brittle. This video shows you how to create a relaxing chamber to soften your insects. NMSU Arthropod Collection
Mounting and Preserving Insects
When you are ready to make your own collection, watch videos here on how to use a pinning block, and how to pin and point other insects for your board. NMSU Arthropod Collection
Spreading a Butterfly
Watch this step by step video on how to spread a butterfly to pin to your board. NMSU Arthropod Collection
Entomology | Teaming with Insects | National 4-H
Entomology | Texas 4-H – Texas A & M University
Engage in this 4-H Project about entomology from Texas A&M University.
Engaging Insect Science Experiments for Kids
Hands-on experiments for young scientists ages 5-10 that teach them how to apply the scientific method.
50 Activities for Playing and Learning with Insects!
Science activities about insects for younger kids.
Bug and Insect STEM Roundup
Bug and insect STEM activities for younger kids.
Insects for Kids
Science lessons and activities about insect anatomy for younger kids.
Outdoor Activities and Science: Insect Nets
Observing insects up close. Including lesson objectives, resources and materials.
Insect Experiments for Kids | HowStuffWorks
Kids can pretend they are bug experts in these insect experiments.
20 Insect Activities for Kids | Teaching Mama!
Fun crafts, hands-on activities, and learning activities for early childhood classrooms.
8 Simple Science Experiments with Bugs
Activities for kids of all ages, from preschool to school age. Fun outdoor STEM activities with an insect theme.
Entomology Games and Other Activities
Beat Bugs Activities : Children's activities created by UNL grad students to correspond with the cartoon "Beat Bugs."
Entomology Lesson Plans, Projects, and Resources
Adventures with Arthropods: Eco-friendly lessons for middle school. NGSS aligned lessons.
Ask An Entomologist
This lesson plan is designed for 7-8th graders. Activities and class discussion.
8th grade Entomology unit
Entomology curriculum resources for middle school and high school.
Mr. Benka's Bug Club
Entomology resources for teachers, with suggested activities to use with kids.
Middle School Insect Lesson Plans
PestWorld for Kids offers educational resources on pests for middle school students and teachers, including science fair projects.
Entomology Lesson Plans & Worksheets | Lesson Planet
Middle school special education students (moderate to severe) learn about insects by playing an entomological version of bingo.
Let's Learn Forensic Entomology!
The resource describes a bit of what forensic entomology is, and who does it.
Sets of lesson plans and activities for elementary school, middle and high school.
Labs & Activities – Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers
Middle School. This investigation examines natural selection and coevolution using goldenrod and its stem gall insect.
The Teaming with Insects curriculum
Written for youth who enjoy learning about science and nature by studying insects. Level 1 introduces the world of insects. Activities focus on how they look and move and provide some background for studying important entomology topics. $6.95
Insects Rule The Planet! PDF (intro only)
Review these activities from the New Mexico State University Entomology project. (Ask your 4-H agent if you’d like the whole project book, or would like to enroll.)