Day of Insects

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Date/Time:Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm
Location:Reiman Gardens and online
Channel:Reiman Gardens
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Celebrate the annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens. Enjoy a day filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts. Preregistration and prepayment are required by March 17 for in-person registration and March 23 for remote participants.

From beginners to seasoned veterans, Day of Insects has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects. On the day of the event, doors will open at 8 a.m., with presentations starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4:20 p.m.

Payments can be made by credit card or check using the online registration or in-person at Reiman Gardens with cash or check.

This year DOI will be held in a hybrid fashion. There will be slots for people to sign up and attend in-person at Reiman Gardens. It will also be possible for people to attend completely remotely. A couple of presenters will be presenting remotely, while the rest will present live from Reiman Gardens. DOI will also just consist of the day-long symposium and will not have the workshop components or keynote events that are usually held the day before, we look forward to these elements back in the future.


9:10 - 9:30 a.m., "Life on a Little Known Prairie (Thank you Howard Ensign Evans)," presented by MJ Hatfield, Coldwater Creek Biological Field Station

9:30 - 9:50 a.m., "Iowa Insect Pageant: A Tale of Insects, Giant Puppets, and Some Saxophones," presented by Amanda Petefish-Schrag, Iowa State University; Matt O'Neal, Iowa State University; and Mike Giles, Iowa State University

9:50 - 10:10 a.m., "What do Woolly Mammoths, Pawpaws, and Zebra Swallowtails Have in Common?" presented by Jim Boles

10:10 - 10:30 a.m., "Minnesota Moths," presented by Kyle Johnson, Minnesota Biological Survey

11:00 - 11:20 a.m., "Charismatic Flies," presented by Harlan Ratcliff

11:20 - 11:40 a.m., "Is it Sustainable to Simultaneously Practice Beekeeping and Conserve Native Plant-Bee Interactions?" presented by Kate Borchardt, Iowa State University

11:40 a.m. - noon p.m., "Twenty+ Years Documenting Insects in Iowa. Update of website," presented by Jim Durbin

Noon - 12:20 p.m., "Unexplored Niches: What Treasures Pocket Gopher Burrows Hold," presented by Reese Worthington,Missouri Department of Conservation

1:20 - 1:40 p.m., "A Most Beautiful Insect ... and Worthy of Our Disdain," presented by Marlin Rice

1:40 - 2:00 p.m., "My One Thing (Or, Rather, My 1,320,000,000 Things)," presented by Robin Oanes

2:00 - 2:20 p.m., "So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?A Few Things You Should Know Before You Get Started," presented by Randall Cass, Iowa State University

2:20 - 2:40 p.m., "Butterfly Brewmasters- Using Butterflies as a Source for Making Beer," presented by Doug Gaumer, West Hill Brewing Company

3:10 - 3:30 p.m. - "What's in a Stick? The Hidden World of Stem-Dwelling Insects," presented by John van der Linden (Remote)

3:30 - 3:50 p.m., "DNA Barcoding Mosquito Blood Meals: Jurassic Park-Inspired Biodiversity Monitoring," presented by Larry Reeves, University of Florida, (Remote)

3:50 - 4:10 p.m., "Searching for Sand Beetles: Biodiversity of Omophron and other psammophilic Coleoptera," presented by Greg Courtney, Iowa State University