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March 31 @ 1:00 pm - April 1 @ 1:00 pm

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ID CONTEST INFORMATION

Schedule.  The proctored exam will take place between March 13 and 24, 2017

Registration.  Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10 contest registration fee.  Registration on 4-H Connect will open on February 27 and close at midnight, March 10, 2017.

Participation. Participants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV and be eligible according to Texas UIL rules.

Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H year.  Age divisions for this contest are:

Junior grades 3, 4, or 5
Intermediate grades 6, 7, or 8
Senior grades 9, 10, 11, or 12

 

Entries per county. Each county may enter an unlimited number of teams/individuals per age division listed above. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed senior individuals/teams will qualify for state.

Members per team. Each team will consist of at least 3, but no more than 4 members.  A team’s total score will consist of the scores from the top 3 individuals on the team.

Awards.  1st through 5th place teams and individuals will be recognized in each age division.

Participants with disabilities.  If you need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Derrick Bruton at 972-952-9264 or d-bruton@tamu.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the program or note such needs when registering on 4-H Connect.

Contest Rules & Resources.  The Entomology I.D. Contest consists of two parts: (1) a written examination, and (2) insect identification.  The written examination may consist of true and false, multiple choice, matching and/or fill-in-the-blank questions.  Photos of insect specimens are used in the identification portion of the contest.  Specimens will be selected from the list in the study materials.  Members should be able to identify insect specimens (common name) and the order to which it belongs.  Additionally, competitors should be able to answer questions pertaining to metamorphosis, insect body parts, habitats, mouthparts, and other basic entomological concepts.

http://entomology.tamu.edu/extension/youth/4-h/4h-contest/


NEW – District IV Entomology Insect Collection Contest Information

Date. March 31 and April 1, 2017

Location.  NCTC, 1525 West California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240.

Schedule.   Insect Collections should be submitted during the District 4 Roundup at NCTC in Gainesville, Texas. The collection should be dropped off between 1 pm March 31 and 12 pm April 1, 2017. The collections will be displayed during District Roundup.

Registration.  Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10 contest registration fee.  Registration on 4-H Connect will open on February 27 and close at midnight, March 10.

Participation. Participants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV and be eligible according to Texas UIL rules.

Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H year.  Age divisions for this contest are:

Junior grades 3, 4, or 5
Intermediate grades 6, 7, or 8
Senior grades 9, 10, 11, or 12


Entries per county
. Each county may enter an unlimited number of individuals per age division listed above.

Awards.  1st through 5th place will be recognized in each age division. The award will be received during the awards ceremony on the afternoon of April 1.

Participants with disabilities.  If you need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Derrick Bruton at 972-952-9264 or d-bruton@tamu.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the program or note such needs when registering on 4-H Connect.

Contest Rules & Resources.  The Entomology Insect Collection Contest will consist of your favorite three beneficial insects and three insect pests for a total of 6 insects, and a display board with educational information about each insect. Requirements for all 4-H Entomology Collection contestants are as follows:

  1. Be sure to include your name, county, and age group (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) AND PHONE NUMBER on an index card or piece of paper attached to your collection.
  2. All arthropods must be properly identified to Order. See https://insects.tamu.edu/youth/4H/
  3. Insects you want judged to common name must be properly identified to common name (if listed in the 4-H Entomology Contest). See https://insects.tamu.edu/youth/4H/ for common names. Insects not on the 4-H list will not be judged by common name and common names do not need to be provided.
  4. No duplication. Only adult insects collected from their native Texas habitat are allowed.
  5. You must collect 100% of your insects and not use insects collected in previous contest years. Submitted collections that don’t follow this rule will be disqualified.
  6. Insects must have a collection label on the pin and placed at the proper height on the pin. For a sheet of labels, you may use: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/401Book/pdf/SpecimenLabels.pdf . Labels may be handwritten or typed. Try to keep your label smaller than your insect, if possible. You may use more or less lines than shown in the examples. Use a Roman numeral for month. Use this format:
    1. County, State
    2. Specific location
    3. Date
    4. Collector Name.
    5. Example:
      Collin Co, TX
      Myers Park
      3.20.2016; J. Doe
  7. Identification Labels – Common Name labels – place the common name label above your insects attached by a pin or glue. Use 10-12pt font.
  8. Insects must be mounted correctly and placed in an organized fashion in a collection box.
  9. Spreading guidelines:
    1. The bottom of the forewings should be at a 90° angle from the body. Hindwings should be at a 45° angle from the forewing.
    2. Insects required to be spread:
      • Butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera)
      • Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata)
    3. Insects that look good spread:
      • Grasshoppers (Orthoptera) – one or both wings
      • Cicada (Hemiptera); You can spread any insect you would like; you will not be penalized for spreading insects.
  10. Insects/Arthropods that should be preserved in vials and at least 70% alcohol. Vials should be able to be removed easily for viewing. BE SURE VIALS ARE SECURED IN BOXES TO AVOID THEM ROLLING AND DESTROYING YOUR COLLECTION.
    1. Silverfish (Thysanura)
    2. Springtails (Collembola)
    3. Scales (Hemiptera)
    4. Fleas (Siphonaptera)
    5. Thrips (Thysanoptera)
    6. Lice (Phthiraptera)
    7. White Flies (Hemiptera)
    8. Spiders (Aranae)
    9. Ticks (Acarina)
    10. Small Earwigs (Dermaptera
    11. Scorpion (Scorpiones)
    12. Sulfugids (Sulfugidae)
  11. Boxes should be sturdy and have a lid of some sort. You may place your display box within another box (shoe box, or reasonable sized cardboard box) for transportation. There are no requirements for type of boxes. Texas 4-H, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Judges are NOT responsible for damaged collections during transit or judging.
  12. An educational display board should be included as part of your collection. This display board should have information about each insect in the collection and may include photos, i.e., insect in a beneficial activity or causing damage.
  13. Collections will be judged on aesthetics, identification, mounting, and labeling of your collection, and the display board.  For more resources and information http://entomology.tamu.edu/extension/youth/4-h/4h-contest/

Details

Start:
March 31 @ 1:00 pm
End:
April 1 @ 1:00 pm
Cost:
$10.00
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Venue

North Central Texas College (NCTC)
1525 W California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240 United States
Website:
http://www.nctc.edu/CampusPages/GainesvilleCampus.aspx