Outreach Programs

The Department of Entomology and Isely-Baerg Entomology Club provide programs throughout the year to teach the public about insects and science. Special events and presentations occur throughout the year at the University. Programs are also available for small and large groups of all ages. The department also coordinates with outside organizations and provides volunteers for science-based activities. 

Preference will be given to outreach requests made with 2 weeks advance notice. 

The next Insect Festival will be in 2018!

The 16th Insect Festival of Arkansas was held Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Elementary age students experienced live insects, cockroach races, and demonstrations about the applications of entomology.  

View pictures from past festivals at hogentomology.shutterfly.com.


 

The Department of Entomology participates in Fayetteville's annual SpringFest and provides information about the department, insects, and what you can do in your own backyard.

Elementary school classrooms, homeschool, and library groups among others have experienced entomology through traveling educational presentations that highlight the diversity of the insect world and give children the chance to interact with live insects and learn the basics of entomology. Email uaentooutreach@gmail.com to schedule a presentation.

All things insect!

Book ideas, coloring pages, scientific information websites, and more are provided through this resources for educators link.

 

There over 1 million documented species of insects.  Insects are the most diverse group of organisms. The numbers of species of insects are more than any other group. This represents approximately 80 percent of the world's species. Scientists estimate that there are 200 million insects per human being - currently, it is estimated that there are 7.5 billion people on earth - 7.5 billion x 200 million = 1.5 quintillion insects worldwide!

insect morphology

Source: By Piotr Jaworski, PioM - Current version is the source of Image:Robal.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3886337

Morphology (the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts)

Insect Morphology:

A- Head B- Thorax C- Abdomen

1antenna 2ocelli (lower) 3. ocelli (upper) 4compound eye 5. brain (cerebral ganglia) 6prothorax 7. dorsal blood vessel 8tracheal tubes (trunk with spiracle) 9mesothorax 10metathorax 11forewing 12hindwing 13. mid-gut (stomach) 14. dorsal tube (Heart) 15. ovary 16hind-gut (intestine, rectum & anus) 17. anus 18. oviduct 19. nerve chord (abdominal ganglia) 20Malpighian tubes 21. tarsal pads 22. claws 23tarsus 24tibia 25femur 26trochanter 27. fore-gut (crop, gizzard) 28. thoracic ganglion 29coxa 30. salivary gland 31subesophageal ganglion 32mouthparts

 

Biological classification is the process by which scientists group living organisms. This branch of science is called taxonomy. Organisms are classified based on how similar they are. Historically, the similarity of insects was determined by examining physical characteristics, but modern classification uses a variety of techniques including genetic analysis.

Organisms are classified according to a system of seven ranks: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. 

For insects, the first three ranks are as follows: Kingdom=Animalia, Phylum=Arthropoda (Subphylum=Hexapoda), Class=Insecta. Abbreviated Insect Taxonomy

In contrast, the first three ranks for humans are Kingdom=Animalia, Phylum=Chordata, Class=Mammalia. Interestingly, bats - insectivores and the only flying mammal, share the same first three ranks as humans. They don't seem much like us, do they? That is why there are 4 more ranks to further organize Kingdom Animalia!