Description: Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the major arthropod groups including some taxonomy ecology, life history, and the economic impacts from them.
Event Supervisor: Kariann Anderson
|Download the current rules here.|
|Download the Study Guide|
|Video from our Supervisor- Using vials|
|Video from our Supervisor- Prepare your specimen to pin|
|Video from our Supervisor- Pin your specimen|
|Advanced Entomological Techniques|
|Preserving Your Insects|
|Clarifications & Tutorials (from the Event Coach workshop)|
|Booklet (from the Event Coach workshop)|
|Booklet (blank) (from the Event Coach workshop)|
|Designed And Built By The Students policy|
|This event uses a ZipGrade optical answer sheet Learn more|
|Event Coach Workshop recap- be sure you're using the latest rules|
|Sample tests from past district tournaments|
|There may be a "Quick Start Kit" available for this event.|
|See the Elementary Workshop List for this season|
Because of the error in the rules, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and theEmerald Ash Borer will not be in scope.
This information is contrary to what event coaches were told in the workshop on January 6.
If a student includes more than 30 unique specimens, they will not all be evaluated. They should present their best effort with the 30 that are included.
Contrary to what is stated on page 29 of the Study Guide, you my use insect vials for displaying soft-bodied speciments.
The study guide provides, on page 1, a specific list of Classes and Orders with which students should be familiar.
In addition, there is a narow list of species, for which students should know in regards to naming.
That is, the Class and Order to which they belong, and their scientific name (which also happens to be the Genus & Species of the insect).
A poster board is not the only option, as described in the study guide:
"The collection should be housed in a photo album or combined onto a poster (not to exceed 24”x36”) or otherwise professionally put together. For instance, a bunch of printed pictures paper clipped together is NOT acceptable."
Unfortunately, no. The hissing Madagascar cockroach is not native to Michigan.
Duplicates only pertain to the same species. Two different species of butterfly each count as separate specimens. In contrast, two monarch butterflies would only be counted for one.
The order of precendence is:
1) the event rules (which includes what is posted here in the FAQ)
2) the study guide
3) information found elsewhere, including at links we have posted
Quite a few larval stages look very similar, making them difficult to identify.
Any immature specimens of species which would undergo either complete or incomplete metamorphosis will not be accepted. That would include the Dragonfly which is an example of a species which undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.
However, an immature specimen of a species which undergoes gradual metamorphosis will be accepted.
This is a change from what is published in the study guide which only allows adult specimens, and from previous postings here.
Students are not required to know the suborder level of detail.
Students should be familiar with habitats, what they eat, the time of year they are active, the type of metamorphosis, and their ecological role (free living, parasite, etc.).
Duplicate specimens will not be awarded points.
Yes. However, the student will not receive any of the possible 92 points (30% of overall) awarded for the collection portion.
We have received numerous questions and concerns about whether adults will feel compelled to build Arthropod specimen collections for their students, and the details of what is allowed by policy.
The intent and practice of our "designed and built by the students" policy is to let students have the experience. Please resist the temptation for perfection, or the need to win at all costs.
1) Your student should be safe. There may be a few instances where a tool is required that is too advanced for your student to operate. Cutting a piece of wood might be a good example of this. Even so, you should involve the student in the planning and design work, and confirmation that the item turned out as planned.
2) Your student should do the work. That doesn't mean you should stand back and let your student flounder. Coaches have an important role in teaching skills. Organize your work so you can demonstrate a skill, and then give your student the opportunity to practice. You might need a few extra bugs to pin to learn from.
It is not acceptable for you to do the same work as your student, in parallel, and then submit the coach's effort as the student's. For instance, if the student doesn't take as good of a photgraph as the coach, it is not acceptable to substitue the coach's. Digital photography is almost costless, so let your student practice.
Yes. A dead specimen can be used in your collection provided that the specimen is not missing vital body parts that are required in identifying.
No. At all station-based events, students are expected to stay at their current station until they are told to move, regardless of whether they have finished the questions, or whether the station in front of them is open.
They should know the juvenile forms of the insects listed by name. They should also be able to identify, if shown a juvenile or adult specimen, which form metamorphosis it goes through.
If a pin can go through it without destroying the specimen, use the pin. If it's too small for a pin or not relaxing and you are nervous the specimen would crumble, a paper tab would suffice. Make certain that the materials used are stiff and will not allow the insect to wiggle and bounce around, and be destroyed.
No, only one per team will be accepted.
Yes you may, provided that the specimens are from our local region. The weather is warming up quite nicely and there are plenty of bugs emerging now so you may find that it is unecessary.
Please list your school name, team number, and student names on your collection.
There will be a time posted in the final tournament schedule for collection pickup, after they have been judged and scores reported.
Yes, worker bees and ants are in the adult phase, and would be accepted in a specimen collection.
No. Please do not bring your insect collection to the practice tournament.
The Event Supervisor will not consistently attend the practice events, and there may be no one present with Entomology experience.