Beekeeping and Entomology

The 4-H Entomology/Beekeeping project will lead you into the exciting world of insects and their arthropod relatives. Learn about bees and insects found in the soil, on plants, in homes, on pets, and in other secret places. If you have already signed up for this 4-H project, come on in and get started. If you haven’t signed up yet, contact your county 4-H office and become a member today. So, get ready to have fun and learn a lot as you participate in your project.

Beekeeping Essay Contest

The Beekeeping Essay Contest allows 4-H’ers to use their writing and research skills in developing an essay on a beekeeping-related topic. Cash awards are available to winners on the national and state level.

All essays are to be submitted to beeessay@utk.edu. The submission deadline was April 1, 2022.

2022 State Awards:
First place: Jessa Spears – Macon County
Second place: Hattie Perry – Knox County
Third place: Adley Passarella – Lawrence County

2022 Announcement and Rules

National Awards (sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees):
First place: $750.00
Second place: $500.00
Third place: $250.00

2022 Topic: Transportation: Minimizing Stress on Bees While Getting Them Where They Need to Be

Each year, approximately 1.5 million honey bee colonies make the trip to California to pollinate almonds, mostly via large trucks. The movement of these colonies, along with another half million colonies based in California, constitute the largest insect migration event in the world (albeit assisted migration). Many beekeepers often need to move colonies to various apiary locations, or for local pollination, etc. What are the major stresses on bees during local and long-distance* transportation?

In your essay, please give specific examples for how those stresses can be minimized when moving colonies within an apiary, during short-distance movement among local apiaries, and during long-distance movement across state lines.

Writers are encouraged to include photos and interviews with commercial beekeepers, citing state laws for the transport of bees.

More information about the 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.

2022 Rules

  1. Contest is open to active 4-H club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the national level are not eligible; other state winners are eligible to re-enter. Failure to meet any one rule will disqualify entry.
  2. Write on the designated subject only.
  3. All factual statements and interview references must be cited in a “sources” or “bibliography” list.
  4. On a separate page, please include a brief biographical statement of the writer including mailing address, email address and phone number.
  5. Essay must encompass the designated topic in 750 to 1,000 words. Word count does not include sources, works cited or the writer’s biographical statement.
  6. Essay must be typewritten or computer-generated on single-sided pages and formatted following standard manuscript format using double-spaced type and 12pt font in legible font face.
  7. Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research, 40%; (b) accuracy, 30%; (c) creativity, 10%; (d) conciseness, 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic, 10%.
  8. Essayists should not submit essays directly to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. office.
  9. All entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essay will be returned.

Service Project Ideas

  • Visit a local nursing home and give a 4-H speech about insects. Be sure to carry some specimens in a plastic jar for show and tell!
  • Work with a local daycare and help each child make an insect collection. Be sure to get help from adults since you will be using pins.
  • Work with a beekeeper to provide jars of honey for family members, friends, or neighbors.