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