See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/ for a listing of contest opportunities, curriculum, and study materials
2021 Beekeeping Essay Contest
2021 NATIONAL 4-H BEEKEEPING ESSAY CONTEST
The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. has announced their 2021 4-H Beekeeping Essay Topic. This year’s Topic is:
2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats
Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy. Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes. Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!
In your essay, name at least two threats (a parasite such as Varroa, a pathogen such as a virus, a predator such as a bear, etc.) to honey bee colonies and then discuss the methods colonies use to defend against the threats. If possible, include at least one picture you have taken from Feb. 2020-Feb. 2021 that illustrates how colonies manage to stay healthy against a variety of threats.
Essays will be uploaded at no fee on 4HOnline using the “2021 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest” event. Deadline to submit is Monday, March 15. Winners will be announced the week of April 5th.
More information can be located at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/.
You can see past winner’s essays by visiting the following website and clicking on 4H Essays tab at the top of their page. http://preservationofhoneybees.org/
Texas 4-H Entomology Collection Contest
*NEW* this year, the contest is separate from Texas 4-H Roundup Registration. Registration will be through 4-H CONNECT on May 1 – May 22, 2020. Cost is $10. Collections will need to be physically brought to College Station on Tuesday, June 9th and turned in at the HEEP Center, Room 411 by 10 am. Awards will be announced during the Entomology Identification Awards ceremony the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10th. 4-H members do not need to be present, but must make arrangements to have their collections delivered/picked up for the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4 entries per age division.
The contest is open to Junior, Intermediates and Seniors. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4 entries per age division. Additional awards may be provided if sponsorship is available.
For more information, you can visit https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/