Entomology, Department of


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Master of Science Degree Project, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2023


Copyright 2023, Danelle Positeri


An Introduction to Nature Journaling

Nature journaling is a natural history based activity centered on journaling one’s experiences and observations based on surrounding environment and natural lifeforms encountered. A tool commonly used by those who study natural history, famous naturalists such as Charles Darwin and John Muir were known to keep nature journals. Although those who make their careers in environmental sciences or field work keep professional, very detailed journals, journaling can also be a great activity for those who simply enjoy nature. Public educators teach nature journaling to young students to encourage building a plethora of skills: mindfulness, attention to detail, deduction, hypothesis building, artistic vision, problem solving, science skills and creativeness.


Nature journaling disclaimer and advice

What is an insect?

Basic anatomy

Nymphs and larvae: The immature stage

Antennae types

Diversity of orders: Archaeognatha, Zygentoma, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Blattodea, Mantodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Hemiptera, Neuroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Trichoptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera

Journal activities: Is it an insect??? Observation, non-traditional collection, metamorphosis pet, microscopic details, further prompt ideas