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Young Entomologist Group: Philosophy and Mission Statement

Prepared by David Adamski, Co-Founder and Coordinator

The Young Entomologist Group (YEG) was established in 2012 as an outreach program of the Entomological Society of Washington. Its mission is to provide instruction, in museum and natural settings, about insects and spiders. As such, we strive that our membership will become more attune to the regional diversity of our insect fauna, flora, and natural history in general. Families with children from six years of age to the early teens are encouraged to participate. Instruction is given through age-appropriate activities organized by professional entomologists, certified public school and home-school teachers.

YEG meets, on a weekend day or days, every month of the year except in January. During the winter months participants meet inside, usually at the National Museum of Natural History in downtown DC. In May, outside activities commence and continue until late in the year, depending on weather conditions. The outdoor schedule often includes travel to regional and state parks and may include overnight visits.

If a family is interested in obtaining YEG membership, or if one is interested in participating as an instructor or volunteer, please contact Dr. David Adamski at adamskid@si.edu or 202.812.0527.


We are here for beetles!!


Water scorpion and dragonfly niad


Virgo moth caterpillar


Vichai Malikul teaches the art of scientific illustration


Tawny Emperor larvae


Spicebush Swallowtail larva


Plume moth


Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar at Black Hill Regional Park, MD


Megan McCarty teaching about meadow insects at Black Hill Regional Park, MD


Mantidfly


Lucas Rhode and a tagged horseshoe crab at Bethany Bay Beach, DE


Looking for aquatic critters


It tickles!!


Identifing arthropods from a log at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary


Holding a banded woollybear caterpillar


Female walkingstick


Ethan Rembold with a black rat snake at Redden State Forest Park, DE


Encouragement from David Adamski at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary


Elmore Brown and hat at Black Hill Regional Park, Boyds, MD


Dennis Bartow teaches about the horseshoe crab survey at Bethany, DE


Dennis Bartow at Bethany Bay, DE


Dana DeRoche teaching in the National Spider Collection


Dana DeRoche showing how to identify a spider at Natural History Museum


Common Buckeye at Little Bennett Regional Park, MD


Collecting arthropods in a log at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary


Collecting aquatic insects at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary


Charlie Staines teaches about Coleoptera at Natural History Museum


Bess beetles from a log at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro, MD


Araneus marmoreus


Aphids and ants on milkweed at Black Hill Regional Park, Boyds, MD


Ant mound at Little Bennett Regional Park, Clarksburg, MD


A tagged horseshoe crab at Bethany Bay, DE


A thinking young entomologist


A young entomologist with a marine arthropod


Beetles from Little Bennett Regional Park 201407


Catching the sunset


Checking over a job well done


Collecting at the sheet


Conrad Labandeira teaching about dragonflies


Dana DeRoche


David Adamski at the sheet


Floyd Shockley beating branches


John Brown teaching about caterpillars


Learning about marine arthropods


polyphemus moth


Spreading moths


Stream ecology


The Young Entomologist Group


The Young Entomologist Group


Vichai Malikul with a future scienific illustrator


Watching how it's done

 
 
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