I joined 4-H this year, and this is my first project for the Calumet County Fair. It’s called “Insects of High Cliff.” I call it this because I collected all of the insects at High Cliff State Park. My dad and I went to High Cliff a bunch of times this summer to collect the bugs, and there are 30 bugs in all in that box. There is a map of the park, and we pinned the bugs where we found them in the park. We got the idea from a bug collection that we saw this summer at the Field Museum in Chicago. We numbered each of the bugs so that you can look on the side and see what kind of bug it is.
My favorite insect in the project is the Grapeleaf Skeletonizer, which is number 4. But I have a lot of favorites. I used a blue number tag for my favorites.
I liked going to all the different areas of the park to catch insects. I started collecting bugs for this when I went camping at the beginning of July, and we went back to the park to visit the Red Bird Trail, the Indian Mound Trail, the beach, and the Forest Management Trail.
The project is on display this weekend at the Calumet County Fair in Chilton, Wisconsin, on August 31-September 3, 2012. If you go on Saturday, I will be working at the 4-H food booth during lunch. You should also see a Miller and Mike show while you are there.
You can also get a closer look at my project by looking at the picture below. Click on it to make it bigger.