Insect ant butterfly praying mantis

(Discover the Outdoors)
By Kerry

These requirements can be used to
earn an individual badge for any specific insect including the
butterfly badge, the ant badge, the praying mantis badge, and any other
insect of your choice.

(You may use any higher level requirement as an
optional requirement.)

Preschool:  Do three requirements including
the two starred.

_____ 1 *Choose an insect and learn
to identify them.

_____ 2.*  Know the life cycle of your insect and
what they eat.

Level 1:  Do four requirements
including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Preschool requirements
1 & 2.

_____ 2. *  Draw or color a picture of your insect and know
the basic anatomy of your insect.

Level 2:  Do five requirements
including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 1 requirements 1
& 2.

_____ 2.*  Find out how your insect benefits or hurts the
environment.  Where are they natively found?  Make
a map of

Level 3:  Do six requirements
including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 2 requirements 1
& 2.

_____ 2.*  Know how many varieties/species there are of your
specific insect and how to recognize them

Level 4:  Do seven requirements
including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 3 requirements 1
& 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn the scientific name of your insect as
well as the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family,


_____ 3.  Visit somewhere where you
can see or interact with your specific insect.

_____ 4.  If you insect is
a local one, go outside and hunt for them.

_____ 5.  Take a photograph of
your insect.

_____ 6.  Find out if you can eat them.  Where do people
actually eat these insect?  How are they prepared?
If possible, and
with a parent’s permission, eat one properly prepared.

_____ 7.  What is
the largest species of your insect, what is the smallest?

_____ 8.  Make
a booklet or poster about what you have learned to share with

_____ 9.  Are there any world records regarding your insect
(largest, strongest, fastest, smallest, etc.)

_____ 10.  If your insect
is endangered, what is being done to protect it?  How can you help?

_____ 11.  Participate in a community service project revolving around
your insect

_____ 12.  Create a collage of at least 15 pictures of your

_____ 13.  If your insect is considered a pest, what is the
safest, most environmentally safe way of controlling

14.  If your insect is a beneficial one, plant some plants in your yard that
will attract your insect.

_____ 15.  Interview someone who studies or
works with your insect.

_____ 16.  Make a craft or piece of artwork that
has to do with your insect.

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