Today we had the tenth annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. It was a day of short presentations. Yesterday we had some workshops and a meal. As usual, it was mostly insects enthusiasts giving little overviews of what they do. There were photographers, professional naturalists, master gardeners, and other people who are interested in insect conservation.
Although the number of people who signed up broke previous records, about a third of them were not able to show up because we had a winter storm going on. I enjoyed the presentations, but did not really take any pictures of them. I did go in to the butterfly wing and took some photos there. Although the butterfly wing is open all winter long, it seemed a little surreal to see the heavy snow outside with the butterflies fluttering around inside.
There was enough sunlight that the butterflies were very active.
I am tired of the snow and am ready for warmer weather. But if we are going to have winter weather, it was not bad to spend it here.
As always, it was great to visit with people with similar interests. I did miss some of the folks who were not able to make it because of the weather, and at least one who is no longer with us.
To M.J., Nathan, Anita, and all the others who make this event happen: Thank you.