Insect Study

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Insect Study merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1985
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2003
Latest pamphlet revision: 2002

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Merit badge requirements

1. Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show how insects are different from centipedes and spiders.
2. Point out and name the main parts of an insect.
3. Collect and mount 50 different species.* Include six orders and 18 families of insects. Label each with common and scientific names, where possible.
4. Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families and orders of insects.
5. Show your collection.
6. Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell how they are different.
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).
8. Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary insects.
9. Observe an ant colony or a beehive. Tell what you saw.
10. From your collection, identify:
a. Four species of insects helpful to humans.
b. Six species of insects harmful to humans.
Describe some general methods of insect control.
11. Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.
  • 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.

Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)

Worksheets

Merit Badge Worksheets can help Scouts organize notes, listen actively, and document their work. Many worksheets also contain links to free, online video instruction.

Notes

Per the BSA: You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Merit badge pamplets are available at your local Scout Shop or online at ScoutStuff.org.

1. This badge is one of the elective merit badges of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Help with these requirements

2: Structure of Insects Excellent graphics and explanation.

3: How to Collect, Mount, & Label Insects An easy to understand guide from Mississippi State University.

External links

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