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== Merit badge requirements ==
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|subject= Environmental Science
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|status= Elective
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|created= 1985
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|field= Natural Science
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|id= 065
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|source1= Replaced
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|source2= [[Insect Life]]
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|quote=In earning the Insect Study merit badge, Scouts will glance into the strange and fascinating world of the insect. There, they will meet tiny creatures with tremendous strength and speed, see insects that undergo startling changes in habits and form as they grow, and learn how insects see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the world around them.
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:1. Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show how insects are different from centipedes and spiders.
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:2. Point out and name the main parts of an insect.
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:3. Collect and mount 50 different species.* Include six orders and 18 families of insects. Label each with common and scientific names, where possible.
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:4. Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families and orders of insects.
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:5. Show your collection.
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:6. Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they are different.
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:7. Raise an insect through the complete metamorphosis from its larval stage to its adult stage (e.g. raise a butterfly or moth from a caterpillar).
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:8. Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary insects.
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:9. Observe an ant colony or a beehive. Tell that you saw.
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:10. From your collection, identify:
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:11. Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.
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* Some insects are endangered species and are protected by federal or state law. Every species is found only in its own special type of habitat. Be sure to check natural resources authorities in advance to be sure that you will not be collecting any species that is known to be protected or endangered, or in any habitat where collecting is prohibited.
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* 1: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect Insect definition, species, parts, etc.]
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* 2: [http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/morph.htm Structure of Insects] Excellent graphics and explanation.
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* 3: [http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/stebbins/species/insect_families.htm Insect Families]
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: [http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/ Insect Orders] - [http://www.earthlife.net/insects/orders.html Another site]
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* 4: [http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/Texas A & M online scrapbook with photos, articles, scientific names, etc.]
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: [http://www.amentsoc.org/insects/what-bug-is-this/adult-key.html How to identify insects (with scrapbook pages)]
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: [http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/insectfile.htm University of Kentucky online scrapbook]
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: [http://bugguide.net/node/view/52/bgpage Iowa State University Interactive Bug Guide]
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* 5a: [http://www.bugsmart.ca/bug/helpful/ Helpful Insects] - [http://www.insectidentification.org/helpful_insects.asp More]
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: ''[http://plantfairnursery.com/harmful_insects.htm Harmful Insects]'' - [http://insectzoo.msstate.edu/OrkinZoo/harmful.html More]
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* 6: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly Butterflies] - [http://butterflywebsite.com/ Butterfly Website]
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: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper Grasshoppers] - [http://insected.arizona.edu/ghopperinfo.htm Arizona Edu]
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* 8: [http://www.antcam.com/Ant colony webcams] - [http://www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/naturecams/antcam/ More]
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: [http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/beecam/ USDA Beehive webcam]
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Resources include the Insect Study merit badge worksheet in PDF format Adobe Acrobat PDF and Word format Microsoft Word DOC document, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.
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The Insect Study merit badge is an option for the Let It Grow!, Harris Bronze Supernova, and Edison Silver Supernova STEM Nova Awards.

Insect Study merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1985
Replaced: Insect Life
BSA Advancement ID: 065
Requirements revision: 2018
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015

Contents

In earning the Insect Study merit badge, Scouts will glance into the strange and fascinating world of the insect. There, they will meet tiny creatures with tremendous strength and speed, see insects that undergo startling changes in habits and form as they grow, and learn how insects see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the world around them.


Insect Study is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Scouts BSA.


Insect Study merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards associated with exposure to ants and bees and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for health concerns that could occur while working with ants and bees, including insect bites and anaphylactic shock.
  2. Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show how insects are different from centipedes and spiders.
  3. Point out and name the main parts of an insect.
  4. Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families and orders of insects.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Observe 20 different live species of insects in their habitat. In your observations, include at least four orders of insects.
    b. Make a scrapbook of the 20 insects you observe in 5a. Include photographs, sketches, illustrations, and articles. Label each insect with its common and scientific names, where possible. Share your scrapbook with your merit badge counselor.
  6. Do the following:
    a. From your scrapbook collection, identify three species of insects helpful to humans and five species of insects harmful to humans.
    b. Discuss the use of integrated pest management vs. chemical methods of insect control. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  7. Explain the symbiotic relationship between bees and humankind. Explain what colony collapse disorder (CCD) is and some of the possible causes. Discuss how CCD affects our food supply.
  8. Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they are different.
  9. Raise an insect through the complete metamorphosis from its larval stage to its adult stage (e.g. raise a butterfly or moth from a caterpillar). *
  10. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Observe an ant colony in a formicarium (ant farm). Find the queen and worker ants. Explain to your counselor the different chambers found within an ant colony.
    b. Study a hive of bees. Remove the combs and find the queen. Estimate the amount of brood and count the number of queen cells. Explain how to determine the amount of honey in the hive.
  11. Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary insects.
  12. Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.
  13. Find out about three career opportunities in insect study. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.



* Some insects are endangered species and are protected by federal or state law. Every species is found only in its own special type of habitat. Be sure to check natural resources authorities in advance to be sure that you will not be collecting any species that is known to be protected or endangered, or in any habitat where collecting is prohibited. In most cases, all specimens should be returned at the location of capture after the requirement is met. Check with your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would not be appropriate.


The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Insect Study is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Insect Study requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. Insect Study is a rare merit badge!

Requirement resources

Insect Orders - Another site
How to identify insects (with scrapbook pages)
University of Kentucky online scrapbook
Iowa State University Interactive Bug Guide
Harmful Insects - More
Grasshoppers - Arizona Edu
USDA Beehive webcam


Related awards

Ecology-related awards


See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information


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