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Insect Study merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1985
Replaced: Insect Life
BSA Advancement ID: 065
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

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 Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.


Insect Study 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. Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families and orders of insects.
  4. 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 4a. 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.
  5. 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. Describe some general methods of insect control.
  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. Observe an ant colony or a beehive. Tell that you saw.
  9. Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary insects.
  10. Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish, birds, and mammals.
  11. 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 article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Insect Study is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Insect Study requirements.
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  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. 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

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

General Merit Badge information


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