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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Bugs and Bees


  • To enhance skills of verbal and visual communication using insects as subject matter.
  • To demonstrate investigation of the topic through literature search, interviews, and personal experience.
  • To depict aspects of entomology as fun, important to human health and well-being, or economically important.
  • To depict insects accurately, show their importance to man and the environment and reduce the public’s fear of them.


Individuals or teams may compete.

  • 9-10 – 4-H’er must be 9 years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh burthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age prior to January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.

Presentation Ideas:

Following are some ideas for possible presentations. Do not take this as a finite list and you are encouraged to adopt and modify the topic to the presenter’s interest. The 4-H Entomology Specialist will be happy to discuss these or any ideas with you. Don’t be afraid to be creative.


  • How to make an insect collection
  • Collecting and attracting butterflies
  • Biological control of insect pests
  • Insect pests of livestock (horses, poultry, cattle, or swine)
  • Aquatic Insects – collection, or insects as indicators of water quality
  • What you should know about spiders
  • What you should know about ticks
  • How to make an ant farm
  • How to raise crickets
  • Termites- social behavior/treatment
  • Fire ants/treatment
  • Insect pests of man
  • Fireflies/lightning bugs
  • Predatory insects
  • Insect behavior
  • Insect societies
  • How insects fly
  • Keeping your home roach-free
  • Insects that carry disease
  • Insects in biological control of pests
  • Insect vision
  • Life history of any specific insect (e.g. preying mantid, whirligig, lady beetle)


  • How to get started in beekeeping
  • Diseases and pests of the honey bee
  • Products of the beehive
  • The history of the honey bee and man
  • How to remove and extract honey from a hive
  • Pollination and the honey bee


Entomology 1, Public Library books, Extension Agent, Pest Control Operator, biology teacher, WWWeb, beekeeper, farmer


1. Time: a recommended minimum of 3 minutes and a required maximum of 12 minutes.

2. Due to unforeseeable situations, no live insects will be allowed. Some preserved material is highly suggested, however.

3. Though not actually insects, ticks, mites, spiders and other small arthropods are included under the subject head of Entomology.

See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 9-13…in PDF
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 14-18…in PDF

Try not to pick a topic which is too broad and can adequately be covered in the time allotted. Presenters should speak as loudly as required based on the size of the room. Posters should be simple and lettering large enough to be read from the back of a room. Use an outline, posters, and props to guide through the presentation rather that reading from a script. Dress as a professional or in costume. Look at the audience as much as possible. Use voice inflections. Take a deep breath and relax before beginning.

Remember, you will survive this experience!


1. The standard score sheet applies.

2. Presenters will be required to answer questions from the judges.

3. Only the judges will be allowed to ask questions.

4. A greater depth of knowledge and difficulty of topic should be demonstrated at the senior level.


District Winners – 9-10, Certificate; 11-13, 14-18 $75.00 Congress Scholarship for each Division Winner

State Winners – $37.50 award for each Division Winner

Donor: Southern States Cooperative, Inc.

Specialist contact:

Liz Driscoll

4-H Youth Specialist

Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Horticultural Science

NC State University / North Carolina Cooperative Extension

218 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609 / Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Office: (919) 513-7346 / Fax: (919) 515- 2505 / Cell: (919) 886-3424

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