Day of Insects

By Taylor on March 6, 2015 in Blog

A coma butterfly rests on milkweed in the Ringgold Wildlife Area in southern Iowa. (Photo by Clint Farlinger)

A coma butterfly rests on milkweed at the Ringgold Wildlife Area in southern Iowa. (Photo by Clint Farlinger)

How much do you love insects? Probably just as much as Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens, the host of the 7th Annual Day of Insects on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you’re a proud insect enthusiast or you’ve never even heard of DOI, you’re welcomed with open wings arms. Fifteen presentations from professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts alike will span a range of insect-related topics. Check out “Bioluminescence in Arthropods: Not Just Fireflies” or “Glimpses into the Amazing Lives of Insects and Spiders” or even “Are Bites and Stings Just B.S.?” We know you’re curious.

On Friday, March 27, a casual opening reception will connect insect enthusiasts from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The reception is available to anyone signed up to attend DOI. The deadline to register for Day of Insects is Monday, March 23. A full list of presentations can found here.

This year, DOI follows the announcement of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, a collective established at ISU to enhance monarch butterfly reproduction and to assist community-led implementation efforts.

As a partner, INHF will provide funding and support for the Consortium. INHF president Joe McGovern voiced his excitement for the project to Iowa State:

“The consortium will build on Iowa's experience in related conservation efforts and can make great strides in benefiting monarchs. We look forward to getting the word out to all Iowans about how they can help increase monarch habitat.”