Tallgrass Prairie Center

11th Annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011

Registration and the schedule for the 11th annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens on March 30th 2019 and other activities is now online: http://www.reimangardens.com/collections/insects/day-of-insects/

If you are unfamiliar with DOI, the day is filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a range of insect-related topics. From beginners to seasoned veterans, DOI has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects. 

Again this year for individuals that are in town early the night before we will have an opening reception. Come be casual, enjoy dinner, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there’s more of us than you think. Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend the reception and there will be some slots made available for individuals unable to attend DOI so they can participate as well. Registration for the reception can be completed on the link listed above as well. The reception will include a keynote by Riley Nelson “Beauty, Diversity, and Society: Insects Surveys in a Changing World."

There will be three workshops on Friday afternoon on invertebrate related topics for those interested in attending. Be sure to check times as there is overlap and you will not be able to attend all of them. Individuals can participate in the workshops regardless if they are attending any of the other DOI activities.

WORKSHOPS (Friday, March 29)

12:45-2:45 p.m. – “What to do with photos and specimens.” My method for curating specimens and cataloging photos. Presented by Jim Durbin 

12:45- 3:20 p.m. – “Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training”

3:00-5:00 p.m. – “Identification of moths”. Using body and wing shape to identify to family. Using the Moth Identification program to identify specimens. Presented by Jim Durbin and Moni Hayne.

OPENING RECEPTION – (Friday, March 29)

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner, Keynote presentation and behind the scenes Reiman Gardens entomology tour.

Keynote: “Beauty, Diversity, and Society: Insect Surveys in a Changing World” presented by Riley Nelson.


2019 PRESENTATIONS (Saturday, March 30)

9:10-9:30 a.m. – “Bumbling After Bumblebees: The search for the Endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee in Iowa” presented by Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR 

9:30-9:50 a.m. – “Planted Prairies: Are They Functioning? What can Insects Tell Us?” presented by M.J. Hatfield, Oneota Biological Field Station

9:50-10:10 a.m. – “Not So Fast, Beetles! Why Hymenoptera is the Largest Animal Order” presented by Andrew forbs, University of Iowa

10:10-10:30 a.m. – “Gym-N-Eat Crickets: The Unlikely Adventure of Raising Crickets for Human Consumption” presented by Shelby Smith

11:00-11:20 a.m. – “Muscatine Pollinator Project: Many Hands Make Light Work” Presented by Paul Mayes and Dave Cooney

11:20-11:40 a.m. – “Domestication and Insect Evolution: Exploring the Role of Agriculture on Specialist Fruit Fly Speciation” presented by Alaine Hippee, University of Iowa

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – “Bee Visitors and Residents in an Atypical Suburban Yard” presented by Stephen Johnson

12:00-12:20 p.m. – “Where We Are With Moths in Iowa” presented by Jim Durbin

1:20-1:40 p.m. – “Using Insect Hotels to Improve Biodiversity at the La Crosse County Landfill” presented by Ben Gibson & Ted Wilson, Viterbo University

1:40-2:00 p.m. – “Does Host Plant Matter? Divergence in the Redheaded Pine Sawfly” presented by Robin Bagly, University of Iowa

2:00-2:20 p.m. – “Omaha Bug Symposium: Science for Adults” presented by Dave Crane, Omaha Bug Symposium

2:20-2:40 p.m. – “Moth Assemblages of Oak-Hickory Forests and Planted Tallgrass Prairies in Luther College’s Natural Areas” presented by Lena Schmitt and Kirk Larsen, Luther College

3:10-3:30 p.m. – “Butterflies of Nachusa Grasslands” presented by Wayne Schennum

3:30-3:50 p.m. – “The impact of Prairie Restoration on Insect Communities” presented by Susan Villarreal, Grinnell College

3:50-4:10 p.m. – “The Hunt for the ‘Lost’ Red Milkweed Beetle” presented by Marlin Rice