Did you know that nearly 40% of all insects are beetles? These diverse groups are found on almost every continent and have surprising life stories. Learn the difference between beetles and bugs, unique traits that define each group, their ecology in New England, and observation tips and tools. We'll learn about the fireflies that delight us with their displays on summer nights, beneficial ladybugs that eat garden pests, and the beautiful introduced Emerald Ash Borer that threatens our trees. This online presentation will cover ways you can get involved through conservation, citizen science, and maintaining outdoor spaces to encourage beneficial insects and protect their landscape. An optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise will be offered, with an August 20 follow-up discussion session for those who do the exercise.
Explore the diverse, colorful, and at times surprising world of insects. Learn about their amazing anatomy, life cycles, behavior, and ecological relationships in this online series. Familiarize yourself with conservation threats, existing citizen science projects, and everyday actions you can take to help keep local insects and their habitats healthy. Each weekly class will include an optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise and a 30-minute follow-up virtual discussion session a week later, providing an opportunity for you to observe insects on your own and share your discoveries with classmates and the presenters.
Each program of the series will focus on a different topic.
Join us for one, some or all!
24 hours before program start you will receive login information and instructions to join this program via Microsoft Teams.