Requirements: Insect Study
- Tell how insects are different from all other animals. Show how
insects are different from centipedes and spiders.
- Point out and name the main parts of an insect.
- Describe the characteristics that distinguish the principal families
and orders of insects.
- Do the following:
- Observe 20 different live species of insects in their habitat.
In your observations, include at least four orders of insects.
- 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.
- Do the following:
- From your scrapbook collection, identify three species of insects
helpful to humans and five species of insects harmful to humans.
- Describe some general methods of insect control.
- Compare the life histories of a butterfly and a grasshopper. Tell
how they are different.
- 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.*
- Observe an ant colony or a beehive. Tell that you saw.
- Tell the things that make social insects different from solitary
- Tell how insects fit in the food chains of other insects, fish,
birds, and mammals.
- 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.
BSA Advancement ID#: 65
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2009