Explore the amazing world of insects and their arthropod relatives. Learn exciting new things about insects and their life cycle. Collect insects and construct an entomology box so that others can learn about insects as well. This project is filled with many hands on activities that you will enjoy and want to share with others.

Resources for all levels

Please follow Missouri State Fair entomology box guidelines when building your box. Unit 1 of the Kentucky 4-H curriculum is helpful (see additional resources), but be aware that the box size described in Kentucky's curriculum is slightly different than what the Missouri State Fair requires.



EN921 Entomology 1

  • Learn about different insect body parts
  • Learn how to identify and classify insects


EN922 Entomology 2

  • Complete an insect collection table
  • Learn the life cycle and life stages of insects


EN923 Entomology 3

  • Find out how and what different types of insects eat
  • Investigate the importance of wings and flying in insects


State Fair

4-H exhibits and competitions are part of the fun of the Missouri State Fair. You won't want to miss this special event; visit the 4-H building to see the projects of our 4-H youth or catch the judging competitions. Whatever your niche, there is something for everyone. Bring the family! The Missouri State Fair is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 65, and less than 20 miles south of I-70, Sedalia is roughly an hour from Kansas City, Columbia and Jefferson City.