I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the fourth annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa today.
This is an event for people who are interested in insects to get together and present some information about what they have been working on. This can be called amateur entomology because people do what they do just for the pleasure of it. There were some professional entomologists in the group, and a lot of serious nature lovers.
This was about the joy of studying insects.
The event gets bigger every year. This year there were 110 participants. Although it is held in Iowa and most participants were Iowans, we had people from Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Florida.
Each speaker gets 15 minutes for a presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Here Marlin Rice (who is a real entomologists) gave his top ten list of charismatic insects that have been found in Iowa, but only in very small numbers, with most having not been seen recently.
There were no butterflies or dragonflies on the list–his list had insects that were way cooler than that.
Marlin started the day off on a high note, but all the speakers kept up the excitement.
Here was Aaron Brees talking about the Nevada buck moth in Iowa.
I find the level of interest to be outstanding. This was an amazing event and I was glad to be in the audience.
Already I am looking forward to next year.