Most adult insects have the following characteristics:

There are approximately 30 orders of insects. Choose one of the insects from these orders.


Click on the link to learn more about the characteristics of that order. There are links to specific insects on each page.  Visit the Field Guide Index to see a listing of all insects featured in the Field Guide.



Students will build biologically correct insects in order to learn insect structure and adaptations.


Any non-food item such as cardboard, egg cartons, clay, wire, felt, Styrofoam, pipe cleaners, nylon stockings, pipe cleaners, paint, glue, string, etc.


  1. Your model must be an INSECT (i.e. no spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes, or millipedes, please). Note: Your insect does not have to live in the United States.
  2. Your model must be between 6-12 inches long, and sturdy.
  3. Be accurate when building your model (appropriate proportions, true color and form, etc.).
  4. The more detail your model has, the better.
  5. A written description must accompany your model and include:

Examples of Models:


Spiny Katydid Monarch
Dragonfly Damselfly Luna Moth
Walking Stick Grasshopper Yellow jacket
Atlas Moth Carpenter ant Praying Mantid

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