Lots of bugs at 3rd Annual Arizona Insect Festival 2013by Carolyn Classen on Sep. 11, 2013, under Life, Technology
Sunday Sept. 15, 11 to 4 p.m.
U of Arizona
Student Union Grand ballroom, 3rd floor
Bugs bugs bugs and a lot more at this fun festival, being your chance to find out the importance of insects in our lives.
Each year the University of Arizona’s Department of Entomology hosts the Arizona Insect Festival. This event takes place in September, when thousands of visitors learn about the importance of insects in our lives and discover insect-based research taking place at the UA. This year the festival will be Sunday, September 15 from 11am to 4pm in the Student Union on the UA campus.
Insects play unique and diverse roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems (such as litter decomposition), enhancing crop productivity, pollinating native plants, spreading disease and impacting our urban environments. Come and learn about these roles and more!
The festival will highlight insect-related research conducted by UA scientists from a wide range of academic departments including Entomology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology. Together these researchers make up one of the largest and most important groups of insect scientists in the world.
Last year I started thinking about all the insects in our lives and the list is very long: ants, cicadas, butterflies, cockroaches (my favorite having grown up in Hawaii with lots of those creatures), crickets, flies, moths, bees & wasps, butterflies, beetles, mosquitoes, locusts, termites, dragonflies, praying mantises, fleas, ticks, etc. I bet there’s a lot more to be seen at this Insect Festival!